Games of the 4 Olympiad,1908
Begin1908-04-27
End1908-10-31
Nations22
Participants2008
Women37
Events110
CityLondon, Great Britain
  • Rome and Milan - both Italy and Berlin, Germany were candidate cities and the 1908 Olympics were awarded to Rome, as Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the IOC President, had wished.
  • However, Vesuvius volcanic eruption in 1906 canceled Italian plans to stage Olympiad.
  • In the same 1906 year London, Great Britain was named the new host city.
London 1908 - Medal Table
56
51
38
2. USA
23
12
12
3. Sweden
8
6
11
4. France
5
5
9
5. Germany
3
5
6
6. Hungary
3
4
2
7. Canada
3
3
10
8. Norway
2
3
3
9. Italy
2
2
0
10. Belgium
1
5
2
1
2
2
12. Russia
1
2
0
13. Finland
1
1
3
1
1
0
15. Greece
0
3
0
16. Denmark
0
2
3
17. Bohemia
0
0
2
0
0
2
19. Austria
0
0
1
Games of the 4 Olympiad,1908 - Some interesting facts
  • His Majesty The King Edward VII officially opened the Games of the 4 Olympiad at the new Olympic Stadium with a capacity of 68 thousand people that was built in the shortest terms.
  • First in the Programme of competition of the Summer Olympic games was included winter event - figure skating.
  • Winners of competitions recieved gold medals, the prize diploma and a bunch of oak leaves from Windsor Forest.
  • At a service in St.Paul's Cathedral on Jule, 19 Bishop Ethelbert Talbot of Philadelphia said famous phrase: "The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to participate..."
The First London Olympics: 1908
Poster and Medals