Remember the last time you saw Great Britain medal in men's gymnastics before Monday night?
Unless you're an internet-savvy centenarian with a memory sharp as a tack, the answer is no. The British bronze in Monday night's men's all-around team competition was their first since the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm. A look back at the results of those Games shows just how much the Olympics have changed between British trips to the gymnastics podium.
- Competition was a little less stiff in 1912. Only 28 countries were represented in the Games as opposed to the 205 appearing in London. Of course, prior to both World Wars most of those 205 were possessions of the European powers. Also, Australia and New Zealand appeared under the same flag as "Australasia."
- The British were also bronze medalists in 1912. Italy took the gold, while Hungary won silver. They would have needed a considerably bigger podium than this year as the British team fielded 23 members.
- The breakaway star of the 1912 Games was American Jim Thorpe, who won gold in the heptathlon and pentathlon. He is considered by many to be the athlete that helped propel the Olympics into the American national consciousness. I suppose in a way that means he helped make Bruce Jenner famous, which in turn helped make the Kardashians famous, but we're focusing on the positives.
- An American competitor who placed fifth in the modern pentathlon went on to a different kind of fame some 30 years later: George S. Patton.
- If you went to the 1912 Games, the odds were pretty good you caught part of the gold medal wrestling match between Sweden's Anders Ahlgren and Finland's Ivar Bohling. It lasted longer than nine hours before being declared a draw and both were awarded the silver. And you thought the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-Milos Raonic tennis match took forever.
- Events contested in 1912 which are no longer on the Olympic schedule include Tug of War, literature, sculpture, painting, architecture, and music. Count us among those who are disappointed that the Olympic committee changed things up over the years to rob the likes of Picasso, I.M. Pei, and The Beatles from their shot at Olympic glory.
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