History of the Summer Olympics – IV Olympiad (1908)

With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics this month, all throughout August, I will looking back at the history of the modern Olympic Games.

The IV Summer Olympiad was hosted in London, England in 1908. Like the previous two Olympics, these were spread over several months. In fact, stretching from April to October, these games were the longest of the contemporary Olympic program.

1908 summer olympics

The 1908 Summer Games were hosted in London, England. Courtesy: International Olympic Committee

These games featured some unique events such as tug of war, polo, rugby, lacrosse, and even a winter sport in figure skating. The host nation won the highest amount of medals by a large margin, followed by the United States and then Sweden.

London would later on host the games twice more to date–in 1948 and 2012.


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