The 8 Forgotten Olympic Games

2.6.2014

By Kevin Okeeffe

Not every Olympic Games is a Sochi-level noisemaker; some have been lost to history's memory.

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.

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