The United States of America at the Summer Olympics: From 1896 to 2012!

Good luck in London 2012!

  1. The United States is one of the first 13 countries to send a sports delegation to the Summer Games – one of the most controversial sporting events in the world – on Greek soil. This year was a turning point for world sport.
  2. In Athens, the United States of America became the world’s leading sports power after taking first place in the unofficial team standings of the first modern Olympics. There, the 1896 U.S. Olympic team won a total of 20 medals: 11 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze. Meanwhile, Boston native James B. Connolly became the first olympic medalist to win a gold medal after winning a triple jump at Panathinaico Stadium in Athens. At his home in Boston, Mr. Connolly was greeted by a hero. Since 1896 – without interruption – America is known to produce international champions.

In 1896, Thomas Burke came to power in Athens when he became the first ever Olympic winner in the men’s 100 meters, making him the fastest sprinter in the world. Mr. Burke was identified with a younger generation of American athletes in the late 1890s, when he realized his dream of winning Olympic gold.

1896 What obstacle was the first American athlete to win an Olympic title? Respond to Thomas Curtis, a mits of technology student. He clocked 17.6 seconds to win gold in the 110m hurdles in Greece.

1900 With 47 international medals (19 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze) the United States is once again becoming one of the greatest sporting powers in the world at a multi-sport event in Paris (France).

The 1900 Alvin Krenzlein was in the spotlight when the born athlete led the American team to four gold medals in Paris: 60m, 110m hurdles, 200m hurdles and long jump. To prepare to become a better athlete, an American barrier runner made his first overseas visit to the UK. Krenzlein of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the American star of the Second Olympics Games, followed by Ray Erie (3 gold), Margaret Ives Abbott (the first woman in U.S. history to win an Olympic championship) and Irving Baxter (2 gold. ). gold medals) among other top athletes.

1904 At the Olympic diving tournament in Missouri, Americans take the first three places.

Pittsburgh runner James Lightbody was born in 1904 and won the men’s 800 and 1500 meters – he was the first person to win both races at the same Olympics. Shortly thereafter, he won several other major sporting titles, including the Interleaved Games in Greece.

1904 The organizer team – four stars Herman T. Glass, Edward Hennig, Anton Heida, George Eiser – takes first place at the gymnastics tournament III Olympics in St. Louis (Missouri).

1908 At the 4th Summer Olympics in London (England) the American Olympic team took second place in the number of medals – 23 gold, 12 silver, 12 bronze – second only to Great Britain.

1908 With three wins (800m, 1500m and mixed relay) New Jersey runner Mel Sheppard spent an exceptional year in the British capital, London.

1912 Jim Thorpe, born in Oklahoma, won the decathlon and pentathlon at the Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Decades later, many sports observers and sports experts called Thorpe “the greatest football player and male athlete of the first half of the 20th century.”

  1. With three gold medals, New York-born Alfred Lane became the most successful American athlete at the V Summer Olympics on Scandinavian soil.

1912 Two future figures take part in the Games in Sweden: first, Avery Brandage in pentathlon, elected president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the first American sports leader to hold the post. Second, George S. Patton, a World War II general.

1920 At the Summer Olympics in Antwerp (Belgium) the United States became the undisputed champion, taking first place in the medal standings with 95 medals. The U.S. national team had more than 40 Champions of the Summer Olympic Games.

1920 In Belgium, the Duke of Kahanamoku performs the men’s 100m freestyle for the second time in a row. In the past four years, the Hawaiian sports icon has become the first islander to win the coveted title (Stockholm Games) and a national swimmer of the United States.

1924 At the Olympic Games in Paris, France, a strong American team finished first in the number of medals with 99-67 medals against Finland (second at the Games).

1924 U.S. Water Polo Team takes third place in international competitions and becomes the first U.S. team to win medals at the Olympics.

1924 After four gold medals, American athletes become champions of the freestyle wrestling tournament at the Games VIII Of the Olympics in Paris. The winners were Robin Reed, Russell Wies, John Spellman and Harry Steele.

1924 American swimmer Albert White quickly established himself as the “undisputed champion” of the Olympic diving tournament in France, winning gold in ski jumping and tower.

1928 At the 9th Olympics in the Netherlands, the United States led the country in the number of medals, winning 22 world titles – 12 more than Germany.

1928 Pennsylvania Olympic Ambassador Johnny Weissmueller wins the 100 meters freestyle in Amsterdam (Netherlands / Netherlands) for the second time in a row. He was one of the main favorites to win the championship. During more than 10 years of sports career he won 52 national championships and five Olympic gold medals. In the same way, he set 67 world records in the United States and Western Europe. Retired as a swimmer, he became a major Hollywood movie star, along with such famous actresses as Brenda Joyce and Maureen O’Sullivan.

1928 Elizabeth Robinson was honored to become the first woman to win the 100m (athletics) race at the 9th Summer Olympics.

1932 Games X Olympics are held in Los Angeles (California) – for the second time in the history of the United States (St. Louis, 1904).

  1. World-class athletes lead the American delegation at the Games in Los Angeles: 103 medals! – well ahead of Italy (36). Among the summer Olympic stars: Jesse Owens (athletics), Jim Bausch (decathlon, athletics), Edward Flynn (boxing), Michael Galzen (diving)…

1932 The motherland takes the third place in the water polo championship and gets bronze. The hosts won the award, beating Japan and Brazil.

1932 U.S. Olympic decathlon champion Jim Bausch received the James R. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as a high-class Olympic athlete. Few were surprised when he received this award.

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