Surviving the World

A Photocomic Education by Dante Shepherd

Lesson #1472 - Olympic History, Part II

There is almost no part of the 1904 Olympics marathon story that I don't like. Amazingly enough, the 1904 Olympics almost killed off the Olympic tradition, just as the 1900 Paris games had - the two first attempts at establishing a tradition after the first set of games in 1896, and both almost do it in right away! Fun fact: the 1904 games were supposed to be in Chicago - but the World's Fair organizers in St. Louis began to plan their own international sporting events to overshadow the Chicago games, so the Olympics were moved. And then the organizers didn't invite anyone to the Olympics, and tried to hold one event a day for each day of the Fair, so the Olympics lasted over four months . . . no wonder the marathon was so amazing.