Jim Thorpe - Greatest Athlete in the World

Jim Thorpe - was denied his Olympic medals on a technicality. Year later, the bad decision was reversed. The medals given to his descendants. Many seriously consider Jim Thorpe the top Athlete of the century!

1896 Olympic opening ceremony

The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896

1896 - French Olympic Cyclists by amphalon, via Flickr

Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics Games from 5 to 21 August This makes it the first South American country to have ever hosted the Games. So we’ve put together a few other facts that you might not have been aware of

German gymnastics champions Schuhmann, Flatow and Weingartner from the 1896 Olympic games in Athens.

German gymnastics champions Schuhmann, Flatow and Weingartner from the 1896 Olympic games in Athens.

The rope climb was an official event in the earliest modern Olympics–Athens,1896.While competitors were originally judged on both speed and style,Olympian rope climbers competing in the 20th century merely had to race to the top.The most impressive win in the history of the event–which was taken off the program after the L.A.Olympics of 1932–took place in St.Louis 1904,when U.S.gymnast George Eyser won gold despite having a wooden leg.

Distance Plunging

9 Really Strange Sports That Are No Longer in the Olympics-the rope climb was an official event in the earliest modern

Spyros Louis, the first Marathon race winner, in a traditional clothing during the first Olympic Games. Greece 1896.

Spyros Louis, the first Marathon race winner, in a traditional clothing during the first Olympic Games. Greece Maraton segraren 1896 i Aten.

Alfréd Hajós, Hungary - the First Olympic Champion in swimming - 1896

Illustrated History of Olympic Swimming

1896 Summer Olympics - Athens Greece - Alfréd Hajós, the first Olympic champion in swimming, is one of only two Olympians to have won medals in both sport and art competitions.

Early Olympics - The sprinter Charlie Paddock wins the men’s hundred-metre dash, at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

Early Olympics

Early Olympics - The sprinter Charlie Paddock wins the men’s hundred-metre dash, at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

Winnipeg Falcons  The Winnipeg Falcons hockey club, the 1920 gold medallists at the Antwerp Olympics. The Falcons won Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in hockey (courtesy Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum).

Winnipeg Falcons The Winnipeg Falcons hockey club, the 1920 gold medallists at the Antwerp Olympics. The Falcons won Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in hockey (courtesy Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum).

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