By George R. Matthews
America in 1904 used to be a state bristling with strength and self belief. encouraged through Theodore Roosevelt, the nation’s younger, lively, and athletic president, a activities mania rampaged around the kingdom. desirous to rejoice its heritage, and to exhibit its athletic strength, the USA hosted the realm on the 1904 Louisiana buy Exposition in St. Louis. One a part of the World’s reasonable was once the nation’s first Olympic games. Revived in Greece in 1896, the Olympic flow was once additionally younger and lively. in truth, the St. Louis Olympics have been merely the 3rd nowa days. even supposing the video games have been initially offered to Chicago, St. Louis wrestled them from her rival urban opposed to the desires of foreign Olympic Committee President Pierre de Coubertin. Athletes got here from 11 nations and 4 continents to compete in state of the art amenities, which incorporated a ten-thousand-seat stadium with health club apparatus donated through wearing items multi-millionaire Albert Spalding. The 1904 St. Louis Olympics garnered purely compliment, and all agreed that the video games have been a hit, enhancing either the profile of the Olympic stream and the status of the USA. yet inside of many years, the video games of 1904 receded in reminiscence. They suffered a worse destiny with the e-book of Coubertin’s memoirs in 1931. His selective reminiscences, exaggerated claims, and fake statements became the forgotten Olympics into the failed Olympics. This prejudiced account was once furthered through the 1948 e-book of An authorized heritage of the Olympic video games via invoice Henry, which was once reviewed and recommended by way of Coubertin. America’s First Olympics, via George R. Matthews, corrects universal misconceptions that all started with Coubertin’s memoirs and provides a clean view of the 1904 video games, which featured first-time African American Olympians, an eccentric and debatable marathon, and documentation via pioneering photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals. Matthews offers a superb evaluate of the St. Louis Olympics over a six-month interval, starting with the intrigue surrounding the move of the video games from Chicago. He additionally supplies precise descriptions of the foremost gamers within the Olympic stream, the occasions that have been held in 1904, and the athletes who competed in them. This unique account could be welcomed via heritage and activities fans who're drawn to a brand new viewpoint in this misunderstood event.
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Spalding informed Furber of the communications between himself and Frederick Skiff. Furber may have been anxious about conferring with St. Louis officials, but he agreed to do so. He may have thought that a scheduling compromise could be reached that would allow American athletes to compete in American championships in St. Louis as well as the separate Olympic games in Chicago. Such thoughts were dismissed once Furber met with Skiff and Alfred Shapleigh, chairman of the Physical Culture Committee.
There may be held the ancient games of Olympia! 9 Three years later, Soutsos, before a crowd of fifteen thousand at the tomb of Karaiskakis in Athens, delivered a speech, again calling for an Olympic revival. Still later, in 1851, Soutsos once more reiterated his call for re-creating the Olympic games of antiquity. “England has made its influence known on two hemispheres through its industrial expositions. Greece happens to have no power for that competition. But if Greece would re-establish the Olympic Games, .
Louis officials wanted the Olympic games transferred to their city, and they were determined to get them. At about the same time that Merou was contacting Coubertin, David Francis cabled Coubertin explaining the need for the games to be transferred to St. Louis. Francis also contacted Michael Lagrave, the French commissioner of commerce and the appointed commissioner general of the French exhibit planned for the St. Louis Exposition, requesting that he use his influence to convince Coubertin to approve the transfer.