The 8 Forgotten Olympic Games
By Kevin Okeeffe
1904 Summer Olympic Games: St. Louis, Mo.
The Olympic Games have been held in the U.S. eight times in seven different locations. Yet as the first of the American-set Games, St. Louis manages to slip from memory easily. Even at the time, the Games were lost in the mix: Because the World’s Fair was celebrating the Louisiana Purchase concurrently, the Olympics took a backseat. Yet at least one strange story has come from this Games: runner Thomas Hicks’ near-death experience in his event.