How St. Louis Won the 1904 Olympics, by Stealing Them From Chicago

As the Tokyo 2020 (or 2021) Summer Games finally begin, it seems that they are facing more challenges than any other Olympics. After the COVID pandemic became a global phenomenon, Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to postpone it for a year. As of July 2021 open ceremonies approached, new scandals erupted: Japan announced that spectators would not be Olympic athletes began to test positive for COVID, and the organizers were faced with a dilemma either conflict after another.

While this is the first time the Olympics will be held in the context of a global pandemic, the Games are no stranger to controversy. Since the modern Olympics were first revived in 1896, it has been followed by dust storms of a political, financial or sporting nature.

The honor of accessing this long history of conflict to the first Games held in the United States: the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. The gate to the West from the outset set the tenor for the controversy. You see, St. Louis didn’t actually have host fees for the Games that year – they stole it. The resulting Olympics had fewer athletes, lasted an incredibly long time, and was mostly chaotic. In the end, they won their award: the worst and possibly the most insane – in Olympic history.

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