Lacrosse has been on the official Olympic program twice, in 1904 and 1908, with a team from Canada winning both times. Lacrosse was also a demonstration sport at the Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1948. There is hope that lacrosse will one day make it back on the Olympic Games program.
In 1904, two Canadian teams challenged a local team from St. Louis, with the Shamrock Lacrosse Team of Winnipeg winning the gold medal. Players on the bronze medal-winning Canadian lacrosse team consisted of Mohawk Indians, and included players named Rain In Face, Snake Eater and Man Afraid Soap. Four years later in 1908, only two teams competed, with Canada beating Great Britain.
Notable Athletes and Performances
- In 1908, in a sign of great Olympic sportsmanship, when Frank Dixon of Canada broke his stick his British opponent R. G. W. Martin offered to withdraw from the game until a new one was found.
Shamrock Lacrosse (Canada) beat St Louis (USA) 6-1, 8-2 in the final.
- Canada (Shamrock Lacrosse team from Winnipeg) (comprised of George Cloutier, George Catanach, Benjamin Jamieson, Jack Flett, George Bratz, Eli Blanchard, Hilliard Laidlaw, H Lyle, W Brennaugh, L H Pentland, Sandy Cowan, William Laurie Burns)
- USA (St Louis Amateur Athletic Association)
- Canada (Mohawk Indians)
Canada beat Great Britain 14-10.
- Canada (Frank Dixon, George Campbell, Amgus Dillon, Richard Duckett,
George Rennie, Clarence McKarrow, AlexanderTurnbull, Henry Hoobin, Ernest
John Broderick, Thomas Gorman, Paddy Brennan)
- Great Britain (Charles Scott, G Mason, H W Ramsay, E O Dutton, J Parker-Smith, Wilfrid Johnson, Norman Whitley, George Buckland, S N Hayes, Gustav Alexander, R G W Martin, Edward Jones).
- Lacrosse as an Olympic demonstration sport
- Lacrosse to make an Olympic comeback?
- More about the sport of Lacrosse
- Lacrosse Trivia
- Full list of discontinued Olympic Sports