Marathon race led by Samuel Mellor during 1904 Summer Olympics

The Great Olympic Marathon debacle

On August 30, 1904, the Great Olympic Marathon debacle unfolds at the Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Mo.

Let the Olympic Games begin!

St. Louis really had the world’s attention during the summer of 1904 as it hosted not only the World’s Fair but also the Games of the III Olympiad. On August 29, 1904, the Olympics Games officially begin in St. Louis.

Olympic games in St. Louis

August 17, 1904

George Eyser had a good day at the Olympic Games in St. Louis. He won gold in the parallel bars and rope climb and tied for gold in the vault. He won silver on the pommel horse and the all-around. He took the bronze medal on the horizontal bars.