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(Daily Mail)   With the commercialization of the Olympics in recent years, it's good to reflect on the good old days, when pygmies, cannibals and tribesmen had the opportunity to compete too   ( divider line
    More: Weird, athleticism, experimental design, olympics, Jamaicans, Olympic sprint  
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1237 clicks; posted to Sports » on 11 Jul 2012 at 3:28 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-11 05:37:52 AM  
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Funny thing is, the St. Louis Olympics were held during a world's fair and barely got any attention, also the games were supposed to be in Chicago but got shifted to St. Louis because the fair organizers threatened to host their own sporting event to eclipse the games, because well they were jerks. And Sullivan had absolutely no interest in following the Olympic charter or the ideals of Pierre de Coubertin, the man who founded the modern Olympics. Also de Coubertin wasn't too thrilled with how the St. Louis fair people handled the whole issue of getting the games. And they weren't exactly well publicized, didn't have much in the way of international competition etc and if not for Coubertin's own grit and deep pockets, might have been the end of the Olympic revival. Fortunately, there's was the intercalated games of 1906 in Athens which managed to get things going the right way and then the 1908 Olympics in London really got things going.
2012-07-11 04:26:21 AM  
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Pretty interesting story. Not so cool that the article tips completely over and tries to show the athletic superiority of blacks over whites, though.
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