London’s Olympics, 1908 - Most amusing Olympics of all time.
1. The British 400 yard Gold medalists won a rerun final running alone as the 3 Americans boycotted the re-run.
2. The American tug of war team accused the British team of cheating by wearing special boots whien in fact they were all Policemen wearing their work shoes.
3. Champagne was served as refreshment for the Marathon
4. The Marathon was stretched from 25 to 26 miles and 300 odd yards because the Princess wanted it to start underneath the Royal Nursery in Windsor.
5. Women participated for the first time.
6. The Winter Olympics were held in Kensington
7 There were medals for Watercolouring and running deer shootting
8 the Oldest goldmedalist was 68
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