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Top 10 Olympic Games Firsts

With the London Olympics starting in about 10 hours, the five rings are jangling wildly in excitement. Every four years since 1896, the Olympic have gone on without fail, unsnuffed like the flame of that symbolic torch. Even amidst wars, civil rights tension, and various individual tragedies, the games have championed on, continuing to showcase the fittest our countries have to offer, and the fittest countries over all. For those overwhelmed by more pressing matters than javelins and pole vaults and relay races, these determined athletes provide a great source of inspiration and hope. But we didn’t always have such failsafe outlet in which to instill our pride. It, just like the human race, has come along way since its original inception. Here are ten Olympic firsts.

10

First Recorded Games

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The first recorded games occurred in Olympia, Greece in 776 B.C. (they could have occurred earlier, but no other written record can account for anything otherwise). This was back in the Greece’s polytheistic days, where in which the games were held in honor of Zeus and also as test of human greatness. The ancient games were much different than today’s games as they were played only amongst the Greeks, mostly men. Also there were much fewer games–including pentathlons, running, wrestling, boxing, and myriad horse-riding events–and much more sacrificial slaughters of oxen. These paganistic games eventually came to a halt by a Christianity-imposing Thedosius I in 394 A.D.

9

First Champ

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The first recorded Olympic champion was a nudist (the ancient games were often performed in the nude) and a runner, who won the only event at the time, the “stade” (a greek measurement–about 600 feet or 180 meters). This nude victor was a cook from the city of Elis named Coroebus.


8

First Modern Games

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The first modern games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece, kicking off with a hundred-meter dash as the first event. The first champion was named James Brendan Connolly of the U.S., who won the triple jump (the last game of the first modern Olympics). Another ‘first’ happened during these games as well; the first brothers to win gold medals: John and Sumner Paine of the U.S. won the military pistol and free pistol shooting events, respectively. Yes, those were actual events, and what a better show of 2nd Amendment pride.

7

First Female Athletes

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Women first competed in the modern games in the 1900 Olympics held in Paris, but there is documentation suggesting a woman named Bilistiche competed (and even triumphed) in the ancient games. During the 1900 games, however, the first female champion was Charlotte Cooper of England, who won the tennis singles. The first woman to compete and the first woman to win a gold medal in the modern Olympics was Swiss sailor Hélène de Pourtalès, a member of a boating crew.

6

First Black Athletes

Constantin Henriquez De Zubiera

Another first in the 1900 Olympics occurred in the first black competitor, Constantin Henriquez de Zubieta of France. The first to win, however, was not until 8 years later, in the form of John Taylor, who was on the U.S. relay team. Additionally the first black African (from Ethiopia) to win gold was Abebe Akila, in the 1960 games in Rome, running a marathon. He also did it completely barefoot.

5

First Team Sport

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The first team sport was added in 1900; the game being football (a.k.a. soccer, which isn’t to be confused with ‘American football’). A fitting sport, as it is one of the few sports outside of the olympics that is actually played on an international level–every U.S. sport (aside from hockey) kept strictly within domestic borders. In the first game, England, France, and Belgium won gold, silver, and bronze respectively.


4

First Mascot

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Because you can’t properly cheer for the home team without the help of a man shamelessly dressed in a giant, plushy animal costume (or, for that matter, an animal shamelessly dressed in a plushy man costume), the first mascot was introduced into the Olympics during the 1972 Munich games; his name was Waldi the dachshund. Waldi, depicted in cartoon form, was a blue wiener-dog that appeared to be wearing a rainbow-colored sweater. No more potent image of united diversity exists (except maybe a picture of the U.N.).

3

First Involving the 5 Current Continents

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This happened in the 1912 Stockholm, Sweden games, when Japan joined as the first Asian country to participate. Also occurring during this game was the first Olympic-related death; after running 29 kilometers, Francisco Lazaro collapsed due to sunstroke and heart problems, dying the next day.


2

First Uses of Television

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The 1936 Berlin Olympics were the first to be televised, displayed on giant screens all over Berlin. England was the first to have the games broadcast into its homes when the 1948 London Olympics were televised. And the first game to be broadcast into homes internationally was during the 1960 Rome Olympics. It is only through advances in television that onlookers can watch the games from around the world with an immediate sense of national pride, the significance of such feats of strength reduced otherwise to simply taking someone’s word for it.

1

First South American City to Host

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Granted this “Olympic first” has not happened yet, it will most definitely when Rio De Janeiro, Brazil hosts the summer games in 2016. This was announced by the International Olympic Committee back in 2009 in Denmark. Amongst the 28 sports to be incorporated in the 2016 games are rugby and (get this) golf. And thus both ends of the athletic spectrum shall touch (and Tiger Woods will become an “Olympic athlete,” so to speak). Next to come (most likely): tanning contests. At least that’d be more exciting to watch.

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  • bah humbug!

  • first to be..

    • BOONE

      I find it hard to read an historical list considering the second sentence of the article completely butchers history and gets so many things wrong.

      “Every four years since 1896, the Olympic have gone on without fail, unsnuffed like the flame of that symbolic torch. Even amidst wars, civil rights tension, and various individual tragedies, the games have championed on”

      The Olympic games have been cancelled 5 times!!! The wording “even amidst wars,” isn’t a very good sentence since the 1916 Olympics were cancelled due to World War I and the 1940 & 1944 Summer and Winter Olympics were cancelled due to World War II.

      Also, and this is a bit nitpicky, but the Olympics occur every 2 years now since 1994 when they separated the Winter Olympics away from the Summer Olympics.

      • tassie devil

        Damn straight. That is actually common knowledge and wouldn’t have taken much to research. I’m suprised it actually got through.

      • pooglyboots

        So this list is both plagiarized and just contains wrong information… This is not the Listverse I used to visit daily.

  • Interesting list, though I felt the comment on competitive tanning to be a bit venemous.

  • Evilgidgit

    Two lists posted in one day. That’s new.

    • Occasionally I like to post an extra list when a special event is happening – like a Listverse birthday, my birthday, Halloween, Christmas etc. As the Olympics only occur every 4 years I thought it was a nice idea to post an extra to celebrate :)

      • Ni99a

        Why not during the Eid? During the New Year? During Deepavali? During May Day? During Soni’s birthday? During NZ independence day?

        Why? Why?

      • blahtwit

        wheres the competion lists? who won.

  • Josh

    The day golf is included in the Olympics is the day I smash my television. What’s next? Darts? Snooker? Chess? Call of Duty? … *Not amused

    • all those sound like kick-ass ideas. except golf .

    • Ni99a

      I, personally, would like to see an eating competition. I will win the watermelon, grape soda and fried chicken category..

    • elforbez

      Chess is, believe it or not, a sport recognized by the IOC and thus is eligible to be included in the Olympics. I kid you not.

      • cambered

        The father of the Modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, won the gold medal at the 1912 Stockholm Games for literature… for a poem, in fact, named ‘Ode To Sport’.

      • ni99a

        Then why is it not in there?

        • Maggot

          There are many IOC-recognized sports that are eligible for Olympic competition but are not competed in a given Games. Besides chess, other surprises like billiards, bridge, scuba diving, mountain climbing, bowling, and tug-of-war are on the list.

          http://www.arisf.org/members

          • ni99a

            Hey a$$hole, I believed I asked “why”, not “are there more”.

            Giving links that might contain smut is not helpful.

          • Maggot

            That’s not what you asked, dumbass. You did not merely ask “why”, you said “then why…”, which suggests a challenge to the OP’s statement that chess was eligible, inferring that its absence made his claim untrue. So I answered you in that context.

            You do seem to have a habit of asking stupid questions without trying to look things up for yourself and relying on others to do it for you though. So if you’re going to whine about it when people do answer you and yet you still truly want to know why chess isn’t “in there”, then why don’t you pull your head out of your ass and look it the f.uck up yourself?

  • Akiva

    other than Antarctica which other continent does not participate in the Olympics? I see that the North American continent, the European continent, The Asian Continent, The Australian continent , The South American continent and The African continent all participate so that is 6 continents not 5. North and South America are indeed two separate continents at least that is what is taught in China, India and most English-speaking countries. The six-continent combined-America model is taught in Latin America[ and in some parts of Europe including Greece (equivalent 5 inhabited continents model (i.e. excluding Antarctica) still also found in texts). I would assume than that IOC use the 6 continent model.

    • Gooo

      Americans… Capitalist pigs. Teaching their wrong view of the world.

      • Ni99a

        I don’t remember Cuba causing the world economic recession.

      • In the US, they teach the 7 continent model. You need to get off of your high horse. I realize hating people because of their nationality is popular, but maybe people like you should realize the US government and US citizens are not the same. Sure, we “vote” our politicians in office, but do we control what the do when they are there? Do you really believe we approve of how our country is being ran?

    • david

      Eurasia is one continent. Hence, 5 continents: North America, South America, Australia, Africa, and Eurasia.

      • BOONE

        Is this is true, then the entire entry does not make sense. It clearly states that the fifth continent to participate was Asia when Japan joined in the Games. Obviously the Europe part of the competition had been competing since the beginning.

        • BOONE

          Just looked myself and in the 1908 Games, Teams from North American (U.S. Canada etc.) South America (Argentina) Europe (England, France, etc.) Oceania/Australasia/Australia (Australia & New Zealand teamed together) Africa (South Africa) and Eurasia (Russia & Turkey) all competed so the entire entry is wrong. At the very least it should say 6th continent and at the very worst (if you consider Turkey and Russia Asian countries) then the entire date should be shifted to 1908.

          • Maggot

            What the entry didn’t explain clearly is that the title “First Involving 5 Current Continents” is a reference to the five “parts of the world” that at the time (1912) embraced the Olympic spirit. It was then that Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who is the person responsible for founding the modern Games in 1896, designed the Olympic Rings symbol. The symbol is comprised of five interlocking colored rings in a field of white, that represent those five areas: Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. I dunno, perhaps those five area designations were how the continents of the world were referred to in 1912?

            The Wiki article about it quotes de Coubertin in 1912 as saying:

            “The emblem chosen to illustrate and represent the world Congress of 1914…: five intertwined rings in different colours – blue, yellow, black, green, and red – are placed on the white field of the paper. These five rings represent the five parts of the world which now are won over to Olympism and willing to accept healthy competition. Blue stands for Europe, black for Africa, Red for Americas, Yellow for Asia and, green for Oceania.”

            The Wiki article contradicts that color designation further down in the piece though, and according to a more official document on the IOC website, titled “The Olympic Symbols”, de Coubertin circa 1931 is quoted as saying:

            “The Olympic flag […] has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red […]. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colours are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.”

            http://tinyurl.com/67c2b7z
            (opens a pdf from the IOC website)

  • rallierf1

    Man you have to get your history right although some things are very hard to research if you are not Greek because most of the texts involving ancient Greece are in Greek language and even though many have been translated over here you can find them just about anywhere. The Olympic games in Ancient Greece were not only among Greeks. It started like that but later on it involved many other races, for example I know for sure there was one Persian archer winner. The entry requirements for the athletes were the following:

    Be a free citizen

    Did not commit murder

    Did not commit blasphemy or heresy

    Speak Greek

    But not necessarily be of Greek origins!!!!

    In ancient Greece, Greek was not only a matter of nationality but rather whoever received Greek education!

    Also even though women were forbidden there are a few cases were women disguised themselves as men to take part and won… but if I remember well their fate was gruesome when they got revealed although I am not 100% sure about that

    • Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

      I like the list in general as well though.

    • elforbez

      Wasn’t there the Hera games for women?

  • Rob

    “A fitting sport, as it is one of the few sports outside of the olympics that is actually played on an international level”

    What is this BS?

  • This is terrible. It has all the hallmarks of a Ryan Thomas list but the author name is blank. Is this an experiment to see whether Ryan’s lists generate as much hate without his name attached to them?

    • Salo Hes

      Mr. Frater is taking the credit in lists without authors, so if you don’t like it, deal with him …experiment or otherwise

  • Christine Vrey

    I love this list! I am so exited for the ceremony later… And the Gymnastics!! My favourite, there are just too many gorgously built guys in tight outfits not to LOVE it!

    • Ni99a

      Nothing makes me stand harder than white 18 years old wearing skimpy clothes stretching their body and showing their crotch.

      If this comment gets removed, the double standard of Listverse is very very high.

      • david

        18 years old? Wha… gymastics suddenly going with Old Maids now?

        • Maggot

          Why do you assume he is referring to female gymnasts? He’s replying with a “me too” about Christine’s comment lauding “gorgeously built guys”, so it appears that’s what turns Ni99a on too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  • roving

    Actualy the games haven’t gone on every “four years without fail since 1896” The games were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 because of the world wars

  • LazyLine

    “Every four years since 1896, the Olympic have gone on without fail, unsnuffed like the flame of that symbolic torch. Even amidst wars, civil rights tension, and various individual tragedies, the games have championed on”

    Umm, nice sentiment but not true sadly. No real games in 1940 or 1944.

  • zagging

    The lists continue to be entertaining.

    The comments, not so much.

    • Ni99a

      Maybe you can start by writing constructive comments.

  • leichttraktor

    This list is ok, but #1 is super retarded. I could make up any ‘Olympic First’ as broad and bland as this one. Very few, including me, find it an achievement that the olympics will be held in south america. I can’t wait till they hold them in Antarctica, that would make an interesting ‘first’.

  • oouchan

    Like the content and learned a bit this morning. I agree with the golf statement…it’s fun to play but boring as watching paint dry.

    Fun list.

  • Katie Fq

    Toronto Raptors?

    • Al

      Toronto Blue Jays?

      • Maggot

        I think these are your attempts to refute the list statement about soccer being “A fitting sport, as it is one of the few sports outside of the olympics that is actually played on an international level–every U.S. sport (aside from hockey) kept strictly within domestic borders.” ? If so, you could do better that that.

        I agree it was a dumb statement – for one thing, hockey isn’t a “U.S. sport” – but of course the international participation of the two you point out, basketball and baseball, are not just limited to a team in each of the two U.S.-based professional leagues. Basketball in particular is pretty big in Europe, and baseball is very popular in Latin countries as well as Japan. Heck, even American-style football is not “kept strictly within domestic borders”, as it is big in Canada and is also played in Europe.

        In addition, another “U.S. (team) sport” that is played internationally and at the Olympics is volleyball. Since the list writer included hockey in this commentary, we might as well include field hockey, rowing, and team handball as other team sports played in the U.S. and the Olympics and that are also regularly played on an international level.

        In conclusion, I’m not sure what the writer’s point was with that statement, as it was erroneous and not even necessary.

        • weegmc

          Basball is a hugely popular sport in S America and parts of Asia. Its a huge international spor, jus nt in Europe.

        • _aggot…guess the letter

          Not sure what YOUR point is. Arguing for the sake of arguing?

          • Maggot

            Lmao, would you mind telling me who I am arguing with there? I thought I was agreeing. Meanwhile, wtf are YOU doing? F.ucking hypocrite. And you can’t even come at me using your regular nic. Typical p.ussy.

  • Salo Hes

    The first champ was a nudist? I’m am disappointed at how we progress..

  • Brazilian_girll

    So cool to have remembered the Olympics in Brazil in 2016.

  • yellowchair

    ‘A fitting sport, as it is one of the few sports outside of the olympics that is actually played on an international level–every U.S. sport (aside from hockey) kept strictly within domestic borders.’

    Both the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball have teams in the U.S. as well as Canada. Also, in Europe there is a European Federation of American Football, played in multiple nations. Make sure your facts are correct.

  • Tim

    The intro has another incorrect statement. The games haven’t gone on every four years without fail since 1896. They were cancelled in 1940 due to world war ii. Maybe a little bit picky, but I figure I’d point that out.

  • sky

    Would Tiger Woods not be eligible as he is not amateur, but instead professional?

    • ni99a

      How to differentiate between an amateur and professional.

      What are the definitions behind it?

      • Maggot

        Learnin’ stuff is hard, isn’t it?

        • ni99a

          Why do that when there are people here willing to explain it for me?

    • Tryclyde

      The amateur requirement went out the window years ago. Have you not noticed that the USA basketball team (and a number of others) are comprised of NBA athletes?

  • lutroyboy

    Unfortunately, in contrast to your introduction, the Olympics were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944

  • Kylie C

    An interesting fact about Waldi is that the marathon route for the 1972 Olympics was designed to look like him!

  • Smiffy2401

    London is the first city to host the Olympics for the third time, quite a big first I thought.

  • Maggot

    Taking issue with a few things in the list, what is up with:

    “Yes, those were actual events, and what a better show of 2nd Amendment pride.”

    Just because a couple of Americans happened to have won those two shooting events, that warrants a jingoistic mention of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in a topic about international competition? And why sound so incredulous about shooting in general being an Olympic event? In the coming London Games, there will be a total of fifteen separate shooting events, not to mention, an additional four archery events. In those 1896 Games, there were five shooting events and 61 competitors representing 7 different nations. The Greeks dominated the events (lol, 50 of the 61 competitors were from the host country), taking nine of the fifteen available medals, with athletes from the U.S. and Denmark taking three each.

    “Amongst the 28 sports to be incorporated in the 2016 games are rugby and (get this) golf…and Tiger Woods will become an “Olympic athlete,” so to speak”

    Why the mention of golf or rugby at all? Their inclusion in the 2016 Rio Games will not be Firsts for either sport. And by the way, why the insinuation that golf isn’t a sport played by athletes? This dumb sport-not-a-sport argument has raged on LV before, and I am happy to get into it again if need be. Lol, but aside from that, why the gratuitous mention of Tiger Woods? Ok, I get that that he’s considered one of the sport’s best evers, but he currently is not ranked number 1 (though he is the top ranked U.S. golfer at the moment), and although he is on record with his desire to qualify for the 2016 Games, he will be 40 yrs old when those Games take place. Maybe he’ll still take the Gold, who knows…I’m just saying that mentioning him seemed particularly unnecessary.

    “First Black Athletes”

    Why the singling out of black athletes here? First of all, contrary to what the list says, France’s Constantin Henriquez de Zubieta, was not only the first person of color to compete, he was the first to win Gold. That’s a picture of him as a member of France’s Rugby team, and that team won the Rugby Gold for those 1900 Games. The other guy being claimed as the first black to win, John Taylor 8 years later, was the first black person of African descent to win Gold. Zubieta was Haitian. By the way, George Poage was the first African-American to medal, taking two Bronzes four years prior. Why even get into these different distinctions, I don’t know. And then why mention the first “black African” (i.e. native, as opposed to African-American) to win Gold? In 1960 no less. I mean, if we have to go down this road of identifying “non-white” Olympic champions, why is Abebe Akila more worthy of mention than say, Japan’s Mikio Oda as being the first Asian to win Gold (triple jump), in 1928? Or Cuba’s Ramón Fonst as the first Latin to win Gold (three in fact), in 1904 fencing events. Or Jim Thorpe, the first person of Native American ancestry to win Gold, in 1912 for both the Decathlon and Pentathlon events.

    • Alligator Al

      well as for “Black African”, you do realize not everyone from Africa is black right? And they mention that because maybe, just maybe, they were, I don’t know, the first ever to win????

      • Maggot

        you do realize not everyone from Africa is black right?

        Of course I realize that, dummy. I quoted that phrase directly from within the list, I didn’t just pull it out of my ass.

        And they mention that because maybe, just maybe, they were, I don’t know, the first ever to win????

        Do you even know wtf you are trying to criticize me of? Here’s my beef: Is the writer talking about first Gold medalists from a continent, or first Gold medalists of a particular skin color? Because the 1960 Ethiopian Gold medalist Abebe Akila was neither.

        Yes, he was the first “black African” Gold medalist. I’m asking: why is that deemed significant. The list is basically saying it’s significant because he wasn’t white. Well what about 1928’s Gold medal winning Egyptians: wrestler Ibrahim Moustapha and weight-lifter El Sayed Mohamed Nossier? But then, why are they all deemed more significant than other earlier non-white Gold medalists from other countries or continents, such as those three I’d mentioned? See what I’m saying? Why does the list writer feel it necessary to break it out by racial demographics at all? So, do you want to try it again with another snarky retort?

        • Truth-Monger

          It’s significant because civil rights are a historical issue. Things weren’t always equal opportunity. That’s why it’s relevant: the olympics in the context of culture and history. Sounding pretty ignorant maggot.

          • Maggot

            It’s significant because civil rights are a historical issue…Sounding pretty ignorant

            So blacks are the only peoples to have been adversely affected by civil rights issues? Who’s being ignorant here? Why do you think I am questioning why are they being singled out? I’m not ignorant of civil rights issues, in fact I’ve always been pretty outspoken on Listverse against various bigotries and civil rights discriminations.

            Anyway, civil rights issues are typically contained within countries, not an entire continent of many nations independent of each other, and not fostered within the modern Olympic movement (Hitler and the ’36 Berlin Games notwithstanding, though Berlin was awarded the Games prior to the rise of the Third Reich). While civil rights issues within various countries have prevented black athletes of those countries from representing said country in the Olympics (formerly segregated/apartheid SA being the obvious example), civil rights issues did not prevent whole and primarily black African nations from participating in the Olympics prior to the 1950s. I’d say it had more to do with finances and infrastructure within those countries not being conducive to adequately enabling the promotion of athletics on a worldwide scale than it did with whole countries being excluded because of racial discrimination.

          • Truth-Monger

            “So blacks are the only peoples to have been adversely affected by civil rights issues?”

            Nope. Women as well. And they are mentioned. But to lump all humans into one ‘but we all…” category, is to ignore the issues different races have faced in history. Black people are just one of such race, with a notorious history of mistreatment/exclusion.

            “Who’s being ignorant here?”

            Still you.

            “Why do you think I am questioning why are they being singled out?”

            To rabble-rouse, per your petulantly-incessant habit. Not everyone can be mentioned on a list with only ten items, this isn’t a racially-minded list, but in does contain a race-related milestone. Few–but not none–races so large in number can speak to such a history of exclusion from a predominantly-white-skinned world.

          • Maggot

            Nope. Women as well. And they are mentioned.

            Rightfully so, because “men” and “women” are physically different. Introducing events for and competition between women was an important milestone, as it fundamentally changed the nature of the Games, as an ACTUAL barrier was removed. There is to this day a specific IOC Women and Sport Commission to guide in the fostering and promotion of women in sport. On the other hand, if “skin color other than white” is a physical difference worth mentioning, then why only mention one variant?

            is to ignore the issues different races have faced in history.

            You keep calling me ignorant, but then say s.hit like this in the same breath. You’re so intent on trying to manufacture a straw-man argument against me that you don’t realize you are defeating yourself with your own statements. There are more than two “different races”. I was trying to bring attention to others, not ignore them like the list did. And like you continue to do.

            To rabble-rouse, per your petulantly-incessant habit.

            Oh lol. Resorting to ad hominems now? Weak, but not surprising.

            Not everyone can be mentioned on a list with only ten items, this isn’t a racially-minded list, but in does contain a race-related milestone.

            Why do you keep stating the obvious, but then keep missing why it was at fault? I said: “why are blacks being singled out?” and gave a couple examples of other persons of color whose milestones were equally worthy of mention, because for their races or ethnicities, they were no less important than the ones that were mentioned in the list. Do you disagree with this? To say “there are only ten items so not everyone can be mentioned” is a cheap excuse to not address that question. If one list item’s purpose was to focus on racial exceptions to this “predominantly-white-skinned world”, then why exclude equally important milestones achieved by members of various non-white races? All I’m saying is that in my opinion, the category could’ve been better served if it weren’t so narrow. All of your own pointless rabble rousing and attempts to portray my position differently than what it actually is has ignored that primary point I was making.

            Few–but not none–races so large in number can speak to such a history of exclusion

            Ok, but with regard to the modern Olympics, the IOC, and its Charter, blacks or other non-whites were not excluded from participation. They may not have been present, but they were not excluded. Individual countries (such as SA, later banned from the Games due to their apartheid policy) may have excluded them from representing their own teams, but no one prevented any other nations, African or otherwise, from fielding their own black or other non-white athletes.

  • Tryclyde

    Very ignorant comment about golf. Personally, I don’t play but it’s an incredibly popular sport around the world and is watched by many on tv. Find it funny that you insult the sport when the current Olympics include “sports” such as equestrian, badminton, kayaking, rowing, and synchronized swimming.

    • Tryclyde

      I forgot to mention handball. There is literally no point for that sport to exist.

  • That was interesting. I personally dislike the Olympics and what they stand for today. However it’s history is remarkable and I find the traditions fascinating.

  • Loudonsmith

    These are very amazing and Mind Blowing List for the Olympics Game .
    http://herbalv.org/

  • vvgirl110

    besides from this list being historically inaccurate, the last sentence was totally retarded. I don’t see how you can equate golf (an actual, respected sport that takes skill and training) to tanning (just a stupid hobby for people who want to look hideously orange). Plus, please change the beginning where it says that the olympics have never been cancelled, that’s just wrong and i don’t understand why lying and misinforming people is okay. Aren’t there any editors here?

  • ?”Radiation and rockets at the London Olympics you ask? Yes, more than 7,000 tons of radioactive debris pushed just to the side to build the Olympic stadium and anti-aircraft missIes anchored on the rooftops of private London residences. War games, military and private security forces patting down the throngs at a cost of £1 billion ($1.54 billion) just for “security” alone, this is the straw which has finally broken the camel’s back for my lifetime of Olympics watching.”

    http://cuttingthegordianknot.wordpress.com/2012/0

  • Shane

    You incorrectly named the 1960 marathon champion as Abebe Akila. His name is really Abebe Bikila.

  • Dan Huxley

    England has never competed at the Olympic games so they could not have won gold in football in 1900. Great Britain, on the other hand, did win the gold. The constant ignorance of (mainly) Americans regarding the difference between Great Britain and England is not only annoying, but highly offensive.

    • Maggot

      Oh brother. Melodramatic much? I’ll agree it’s pretty ignorant and lazy and I can see how it would be annoying, but I can’t see how you can be “highly offended” by it when it’s not done intentionally or in a mean spirited way. Like the derogatory remark that you couldn’t help yourself in vindictively attacking back with. In this instance, you can’t even know for sure that the person doesn’t know the difference. Personally speaking, I actually wasn’t aware until recently that “England” as a stand-alone country has never fielded an Olympic team. But for example, there IS an England National Football Team that competes for the World Cup, so it seems understandable and perhaps even excusable that someone making an offhand remark about the Olympics could be confused or mistaken. Ignorant maybe, but harmless really. Very true though, that a person writing a list for publication should get it right, and pointing out the error is certainly warranted.

  • honkster7

    Special Olympics would of made a nice bonus

  • James

    Thank you for highlighting the black guy with a big red box and arrow.

  • Eddie

    Hockey is a Canadian sport, not a U.S. sport. Basketball was also developed in Canada

    • jim

      Don’t try to say that basketball is a Canadian sport

  • Roger

    There was no Olympics in 1944 – WWII had something to do about that.

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  • Will

    The fack is this? As usual, just some retarded american blogger talking about how great he thinks his shitty country is in an effort to deny the truth of how shitty his shitty country of america is. First brothers? Are you shitting me? Guess americans are such little accomplishment that they think having brothers in the olympics derserves a priz. Man, truat americans to try to act unlame and yet show they are exceedingly lame doing so. dumb americans.

  • Sportsfan

    GOLF?!?!?!?! Shame. SHAME!

  • johnnycoolkids

    low blow to golf. its one hell of a difficult sport and there’s plenty of people happy about it becoming an olympic event

  • Ramses II

    go egypt go egypt

  • Julia

    People are mad about golf? The current Olympic games includes 15 events for shooting…15 events for shooting a gun. And ping-pong. Oh, I’m sorry, “table tennis.” I don’t think there’s anything wrong with those, I just don’t see why there’s this outcry about golf. How is it any less of a sport? I personally think there are many sports that should get more recognition or be in the Olympics (competition cheerleading, surfing, rock climbing, and many others). Oh, yeah, and qudditch…someday.

  • Yass

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  • neil1953

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