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America’s first Olympics were a total mess and also quite racist


If seeking a benchmark for American Olympic dominance less than a week before the 2016 Games begin, you can’t find a better statistical example than the 1904 edition. 

The U.Scleaned up that year, taking home more than 230 total medals in its first turn hosting. No other country even hit 20 total medals. That’s nuts. 

But a closer look reveals the 1904 Olympics to be something else entirely: Deeply weird, sometimes comedic, othertimes offensive, wholly unique and a lesson in perspective when it comes to Olympic disfunction. 

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