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


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1896 The States was one of the initial 13 nations to send an athletic designation to the Summer Games – among the world’s most prominent games – on Greek soil. This year was a key second for the worldwide’s game.

1896 In Athens, the United States of America turned into the main games nation of the world subsequent to completing first in informal group standings in the First Modern Olympiad. There, the 1896 U.S. Olympic crew acquired a sum of 20 awards: 11 gold, 7 silver, and 2 bronze. Then, Boston-conceived James B. Connolly was the primary individual to guarantee a gold award in Olympic history in the wake of winning the triple bounce in Athens’ Panathinaiko Stadium. Back home in Boston, Mr. Connolly was given a legend’s welcome. Since 1896 – without interference – America has been eminent for delivering global champs.

1896 Thomas Burke’s ascent to noticeable quality came in Athens when he was the primary victor of the men’s 100m in Olympian history, making him the world’s quickest runner. Mr. Burke was related to the rising age of American competitors in the last part of the 1890s when he understood his fantasy about winning the Olympic gold.

1896 What hurdler was the main American competitor to win an Olympic title? Answer: Thomas Curtis, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology understudy. He made a period of 17,6 seconds to win the gold in the men’s 110m obstacles in Greece.

1900 With 47 global decorations (19 gold, 14 silver, and 14 bronze), the States by and by got one of the world’s tip top games powers in the multi-sport function in Paris (France).

1900 Alvin Kraenzlein was at the center of attention as he, a conceived competitor, driven American group to win four golds in Paris: 60m, 110m obstacles, 200m obstacles, and long bounce. To set himself up to turn into a remarkable athlete, the United States hurdler made his first abroad visit to the United Kingdom. Hailing from Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Kraenzlein was the American star in the Games of the Second Olympiad, trailed by Ray Ewry (3 golds), Margaret Ives Abbot (first female in US history to catch an Olympian title), and Irving Baxter (2 golds), among other prominent competitors. Then again, Kraenzlein’s life has been a motivation to a few games individuals in Wisconsin and the States.

1904 St. Louis (MO) was the site for the Games of the Third Olympiad. Unequivocally, the 1904 Olympics were in the focal point of the consideration of the world press.

1904 In the Olympic plunging competition in Missouri, the Americans cleared the initial three positions.

1904 Pittsburgh-conceived sprinter James Lightbody was the champ of the men’s 800m and 1,500m- – He was the main male to win both these rivalries at a similar Olympics. In a matter of seconds thereafter, he took various other major athletic titles, remembering the Intercalated Games for Greece.

1904 The host nation’s group – comprised of four stars: Herman T. Glass, Edward Hennig, Anton Heida, George Eyser-guaranteed first in the acrobatic competition at the III Olympiad in St. Louis (MO).

1908 At the IV Summer Olympics in London (England), the US Olympic group was positioned second in the decoration tally – 23 golds, 12 silvers, 12 bronzes-behind just Britain.

1908 With three successes (800m, 1500m and variety transfer), New Jersey’s sprinter Mel Sheppard had an outstanding year in the Briton capital of London.

1912 Oklahoma-conceived Jim Thorpe won both the decathlon and pentathlon in the Summer Games at Stockholm, Sweden. Many years after the fact, numerous sportswriters and sports specialists chose Thorpe as both “the best football player and male competitor of the principal half of the twentieth Century”.

1912 With three gold decorations in the shooting competition, New York City-conceived Alfred Lane turned into America’s best competitor at the V Summer Olympics on Scandinavian soil.

1912 Two future characters contended in the Games in Sweden: Firstly, Avery Brundage in pentathlon-chose President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); the principal U.S. sports pioneer to involve the post. Also, George S. Patton, General during World War II.

1920 At the Summer Olympic Games in Antwerp (Belgium), the States became undisputed victor when it was first in the award standings with 95 decorations. The U.S. group had in excess of 40 Summer Olympic Games Champions.

1920 In Belgium, Duke Kahanamoku gained the men’s 100m free-form for the second time in succession. For as long as four years, Hawaii’s wearing symbol turned into the main islander to overcome the desired title (Stockholm Games) and was a public class swimmer in the States. Preceding 1916, the undiscovered competitor moved between his home, Hawaii, and continuous swimming functions in the mainland United States, where his solitary objective was to prepare to turn into the world’s quickest swimmer. There, he picked up the public preliminaries, catching tickets for the Summer Olympics. Just as being one of the most remarkable swimmers on Earth since 1912, Duke Kahanamoku once again introduced the game of surfing toward the western world-he transformed it into an extraordinary public enthusiasm in the mainland U.S. Like Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and the entertainer Don Ho, his tremendous individual prominence added to Hawaii’s worldwide notoriety.

1924 In the Olympics in Paris, France, America’s solid crew was first in the award tally with 99 – 67 decorations more than Finland (second in the Games).

1924 The US water polo crew took third spot in the global rivalry, turning into the main American crew to be medalist in the Olympiad.

1924 After increasing four golds, America’s athletes got champion in the free-form wrestling competition in the Games of the VIII Olympiad in Paris. The victors were Robin Read, Russel Vis, John Spellman, and Harry Steele.

1924 The United States swimmer Albert White immediately settled himself as the “undisputed champ” in the Olympian Diving Tournament in France, winning golds in both springboard and stage jumping.

1928 During the IX Olympiad in the Netherlands, the States was the main country in the decoration check, gaining 22 worldwide titles – 12 more than Germany.

1928 Pennsylvania’s Olympic envoy Johnny Weissmuller won the 100m free-form for the second time in succession in Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands). He was one of the top picks to win the title. Over a brandishing profession that crossed over 10 years, he acquired 52 public titles and five Olympian golds. Moreover, he set 67 world precedents in the States and Western Europe. In the wake of venturing down as swimmer, he turned into a top famous actor in Hollywood and co-featured with such conspicuous entertainers as Brenda Joyce and Maureen O’Sullivan.

1928 Elizabeth Robinson had the differentiation of being the primary female to win the 100m (track and field) in the IX Summer Olympics.

1932 The Games of the X Olympiad were held in Los Angeles (CA)- for the second time throughout the entire existence of the United States (St. Louis, 1904).

1932 World-class competitors drove the US appointment to win the Los Angeles Games: 103 awards! – well in front of Italy (36). Among Summer Olympic stars: Jesse Owens (olympic style events), Jim Bausch (decathlon, games), Edward Flynn (boxing), Michael Galitzen (diving)…

1932 The nation of origin took third spot in the Water Polo Championship, acquiring a bronze. The nearby group picked up that differentiation by beating Japan and Brazil.

1932 America’s Olympian decathlon champion Jim Bausch acquired the James R. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the top Olympic competitor. Few were amazed when he got that grant.

1936 Despite a disturbed relationship with the Germany of Adolf Hitler, Washington dispatched a public unexpected to Berlin, home to the XI Games.

1936 Alabama-conceived Jesse Owens caught America’s consideration by winning four world titles in Berlin – 100m, 200m, and 4x100m hand-off, just as the long hop. Therefore, the United States runner was one of the globe’s most prominent competitors in the twentieth Century. This man is of incredible recorded centrality for America. Why? His enormous exhibition came when there were less dark competitors in the worldwide games field, separating the obstructions of biases, and happened with the political scenery of Germany’s Nazi system. During Owens’ days as runner and long jumper, he turned into an image of the battle against prejudice.

1936 The U.S. men’s soccer crew didn’t fit the bill for the second round in the wake of being wiped out by Italy-the world’s highest level group – however they completed tenth in the Olympic competition, in front of Taiwan, Egypt, Hungary, Turkey, Finland, and Luxembourg.

1936 The United States – a b-ball frantic country – put first in the Inaugural men’s b-ball title in Germany, an accomplishment they rehashed from 1948 and ’68. The U.S appointment caught the all inclusive prize by beating Mexico (25-10) in the semis and afterward Canada (19-8) in the gold-award coordinate. On their approach to win the function, the North American country likewise crushed Estonia (52-28) in the second round and Philippines (56-23) in the quarter-finals.

1936 Glenn Morris, a local of Simla (Colorado), stood out as truly newsworthy around the globe when he got the James R. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the top Olympic competitor in the States.

1940-1944 The Games were dropped because of World War II.

1948 The United States got 23 golds in the Games of the fourteenth Olympiad in London, Great Britain, winning the informal group title. Meanwhile, in New York City, America’s success set off a rush of unstable feeling as it was declared on cross country radio.

1948 In the United Kingdom, the youthful American Bob Mathias, who hails from Tulare (California), started to become well known in olympic style events when he completed first in the decathlon with 7,139 focuses.

1948 The US ball group guaranteed ahead of everyone else in the London 1948 Olympic b-ball competition, gaining the title and permitting they to contend in the following Olympics in Scandinavia.

1948 Surprisingly Porter William drove a United States clear in the men’s 110-meter obstacles.