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London poster from the 1908 Summer Olympics.

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London 1908 - 27th April to 31st October

The 1908 Summer Olympics were originally scheduled for Rome, but after the 1906 eruption of Vesuvius (devastating the nearby city of Naples) the Italians needed to divert the funds intended for the Olympics to the reconstruction of Naples.

The London Games (the first to include Winter events) were not without controversy, however, as the teams paraded behind their national flags; on the opening day, at the White City Stadium.

As the Grand Duchy of Finland was part of the Russian Empire at the time, the Finnish team were expected to march under the Russian flag (instead of the Finnish); but chose to march without a flag at all.

As the United States flag had not been displayed above the stadium before the opening, the United States' flag bearer refused to dip the flag to the royal box.

The Swedish flag had also not been displayed above the stadium, so the Swedish team decided not to take part in the ceremony at all.

And as Irish athletes were obliged to compete for the British team, many of them withdrew.


A 100 metre pool was used for the first time (inside the athletics track).


As FIFA wasn't founded until May 1904, the 1908 Olympic Games are the first football tournament they recognise.


Men's hockey was first introduced to the Olympic Games in 1908, and returned again at Antwerp 1920.


Sweden's Oscar Swahn was 60 years old when he won his gold medal in the running deer single-shot event. He also won a gold in the team event and a bronze in the running deer, double shots.


Four figure skating events were contested at the Knightsbridge Prince's Skating Club, on October 28th and 29th. It was the first time that a winter sport was introduced in the Olympic Games; 16 years before the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix 1924. No event had more than seven competitors though, and two of the events only had three entrants.

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