America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904

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A Tale of Two Cities

The St. Louis Olympic games of 1904 were originally scheduled to take place in Chicago. On May 21, 1901, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), meeting in Paris, unanimously voted to award the games of the third Olympiad to Chicago. More than a year and a half later, on February 10, 1903, the Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man most responsible for the modern revival of the Olympic games and the president of the International Olympic Committee, announced from Paris that the Olympic games for 1904 had been transferred to St. Louis. Chicago and St. Louis, however, were not the only American cities that made attempts to host the 1904 Olympic games. Philadelphia, Buffalo, and New York were all possible candidates.

The first modern Olympic games, held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, were a huge success. At their conclusion, the Greek government proposed that Athens become the permanent home for the Olympics. Many, including the American athletes who participated in the Athens games, supported this proposal. While the ancient Olympic games inspired the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • A Tale of Two Cities 3
  • The Ghost of Plato 40
  • Transfer Accepted 93
  • St. Louis Olympian Games 113
  • Place in History 201
  • Notes 213
  • Bibliography 223
  • Index 231
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