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1928: The American bobsled team competes at St. Moritz, Switzerland. The U.S. won the skeleton event.

The American bobsled team competes at St. won the skeleton event.

OLYMPICS: 1904 Marathon was run in afternoon heat that reached 90 degrees over dusty roads made dustier by automobiles that drove alongside. The only water stop was at the 12 mile mark. No one noticed that American Fred Lorz hitched a ride at mile 12. He confess that it was all a practical joke. Winner Thomas Hicks (pictured) wasn’t entirely legitimate as he was given preferential treatment by his handlers who bathed him head to toe in warm water and concocted a useless energy drink for him.

11 of the Craziest Events in Olympic History

Thomas Hicks of Massachusetts, being sponged by attendants. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals, Missouri History Museum.

Gymnastic Championship at the Turner Games, July 1904.

Gymnastic Championship at the Turner Games, July Love how this is in an outdoor stadium!

Fred Winters, New York, winner of the dumbbell competition at the 1904 Olympics. Photograph by Jessie Tarbox Beals. Missouri History Museum.

red Winters of New York competing in the weightlifting competition at the 1904 Olympic Games. The field for the Olympics was Francis Field, now the primary Athletic Field of Washington University.

A giant leap for womenkind: A female high jumper at the London Olympics in 1908.

London 1908: Our FIRST Olympics (and guess what, they even made a small profit)

A giant leap for womenkind: A female high jumper at the London Olympics in

1904 Olympic Marathon participants, Len Tau (left) and Jan Mashiani of the Tswana tribe of South Africa.

Story of South Africa's first black Olympians keeps us guessing

Black American track athlete Jesse Owens

The Savages' Olympics: It's a shameful stain on history - pygmies, cannibals and tribesmen forced to compete at 1904 Games in order to prove white supremacy

The Savages' Olympics: It's a shameful stain on history - pygmies, cannibals and tribesmen forced to compete at 1904 Games in order to prove white supremacy

Johnny Weissmuller - ( centre) 1928 Olympics Swim costumes have changed a bit since then !

Johnny Weissmuller (center) at the Paris Olympic Games, 1924

#USA men tug of war team,1908 #olympics london

The Unites States tug-of-war team in action during the 1908 London Olympics at White City Stadium. Tug of War was an Olympic Event from (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Johnny Weissmuller USA winner of 5 Olympic gold medals in the 1920's and Tarzan

Weird of the rings: 100 bizarre facts about the Olympic Games

Johnny Weissmuller USA winner of 5 Olympic gold medals in the and he also played Tarzan

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