St Louis, 1904 Olympic Games

The 1904 Olympic Games were held in St Louis. The Olympic competitions, spread out over four and a half months, were mostly lost in the chaos of a World's Fair. The Games was still well short of being a true international competition - there were only representatives from 13 countries. Eighty-five percent of the competitors were Americans, and eight percent were Canadians. Of the 94 events generally considered to have been part of the Olympic program, only 42 included athletes who were not from the United States.

Chicago had originally won the bid to host the 1904 Olympics, but it was moved following pressure from organizers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis who did not want another international event in the same time frame.

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