The 1912 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were held in Stockholm, Sweden, starting in early May, and ending towards the end of July. In total, 28 nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 14 sports. For the first time, competitors in the Games came from all five continents. It was also at these Games, that the modern pentathlon, and women’s swimming and women’s diving, made their Olympic debuts. Also, these Games marked Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated.
ENGLAND'S GOLD MEDAL & WORLD RECORD SETTING 4X100 FREE STYLE WOMEN'S SWIM TEAM
Many people probably are not aware that the Stockholm Games were considered to be a model of efficiency in that the Swedish hosts introduced the first Olympic use of automatic timing devices for the track events. These devices have been used at every subsequent Olympic Game. Naturally, through the years, refinements to these automatic timing devices have been made as technology has advanced.
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST -AMERICAN - JIM THORPE: TRULY A SUPERB ATHLETE WITHOUT PEER
The Games of the V Olympiad is best known for showcasing the outstanding athletic abilities of one, Jim Thorpe, a Native American from Oklahoma, who won the pentathlon and decathlon by huge margins, capturing gold medals in both events. Even King Gustav V of Sweden recognized Thorpe’s phenomenal abilities by proclaiming him to be "the greatest athlete in the world." AN ELITE OLYMPIC ATHLETE - NATIVE AMERICAN JIM THORPE - DURING A BREAK IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN'S 1912 COMPETITION
Sadly, Thorpe was later disqualified when it was discovered that he had accepted a modest sum to play baseball before the Games. In 1982, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee decided to reinstate Thorpe and to give back to his daughter the medals that were rightfully his.
Another American athlete, George S. Patton, was lesser known for his athletic ability than for his distinguished career later in his life as a military general. Patton placed 5th in the modern pentathlon in the Games of 1912. There is no record that he ever again competed in organized sports after the Stockholm Olympics. Thus, he has one of the shortest athletic careers of any well-known American Olympian. His “career,” as it were, consisted mostly of military training while at West Point, and then the 1912 Olympics.
GEORGE S. PATTON: AN ADMIRABLE 1912 OLYMPIC ATHLETE, BUT MORE DISTINGUISHED AS A WAR-TIME MILITARY COMMANDER
But Patton was destined for far greater fame than he would ever achieve on the playing fields. In fact, as the history books will confirm, the bulk of his fame rests on his performance as a commanding general during World War II.
It was at the 1912 Summer Olympics that the United States won the most gold medals at 25, while Sweden won 65, the most medals overall. Gold medals awarded at these Games were actually solid gold. However, it was the last year that gold medals were actually solid gold.
Today, the Olympic gold medal is mostly made of silver. Weighing in at 412 grams, or roughly the weight of a can of green beans, the gold medal is made up of only 1.34%, or about 6 grams of gold. The rest is comprised of 93% silver and 6% copper.
THE STUNNING GOLD MEDAL, WHICH WAS CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR THE 1912 SUMMER OLYMPICS
THE RARE, PRISTINE CONDITION LEATHER BOUND CASE IN WHICH THE GOLD MEDAL WAS PRESENTED
From the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection, it is a distinct pleasure and honor to present a near mint 1912 Gold Medal (30mm) that was presented, in a handsome British tan leather case, to the victorious athletes at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - WITHIN LIBRARY CONFINE
In 2012, approximately 17,000 athletes, representing 205 countries, will go for the gold in 26 sports, at the Games of the XXX Olympiad, in London. Keep in mind that in 1912 there were, by comparison, 2,408 Olympians competing in only 14 sports.
In the end, the Olympics have provided unity and healthy competition between nations of the world over 100 years.