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St. Louis 1904

   After marathon-length discussions, debates and arguments, the 1904 Games were to be hosted in St. Louis. The balance tilted in favor of the US, after President Theodor Roosvelt's instigation who was planning through the Olympics, to give more grandeur to the World's Fair, held there to celebrate the centenary of the Louisiana Purchase from France. Thus, once more the Games were reduced to a mere world's fair sideshow.
   With the events being held in the center of the North American continent, the problem of the distance in traveling meant that there were very few overseas entrants. Even de Coubertin did not attend. Thus, 85% of the competitors were Americans and, to none's surprise, they won 84% of the total of medals. A sports commentator wrote that the St. Louis Olympics was a private shootout between US universities! In such circumstances the Games degenerated into some sort of a farce as in most of the events the whole number of competitors, were classmates in the same school!
   Under the somewhat loose controls applied on most sports, some strange things occurred. In the 400m race no heats were held and all 13 entrants ran in the final. The 200m final were won by Archie Hahn, with all three of his opponents being given a yard handicap under the rules then governing false starts.
   There was a scandal in the marathon race when the first man out of the stadium was also the first man back. That was Fred Lorz (USA). It later transpired that he had gladly accepted a long ride in a car, and when the car itself broke down near the stadium, he resumed running. "As a joke", he told reporters. Lorz was immediately banned for life and the title was given to British born American Thomas Hicks, who had finished in an almost collapse condition because of the strychnine he had received as a stimulant - a practice then common and acceptable...

Text by Dimitri N. Marcopoulos

St. Louis 1904

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The Olympic Movement
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St. Louis 1904

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