1906 Olympics - Athens

After disappointing receptions in Paris and St. Louis, the Olympic movement returned to Athens for the Intercalated Games of 1906.

The mutual desire of Greece and Baron de Coubertin to recapture the spirit of the 1896 Games led to an understanding that the Greeks would host an interim games every four years between Olympics.

Nearly 900 athletes from 20 countries came to Athens, including, for the first time, an official American team picked by the USOC.

As usual, the U.S. dominated track and field, taking 11 of 21 events, including double wins by Martin Sheridan (shot put and freestyle discus), Ray Ewry (standing high and long jumps) and Paul Pilgrim (400 and 800 meters). The previously unknown Pilgrim had been an 11th-hour addition to the team.

Verner Järvinen, the first Finn to compete in the Olympics, won the Greek-style discus throw and placed second in the freestyle discus. He returned home a national hero and inspired Finland to become a future Olympic power.

The Intercalated Games were cancelled due to political unrest in 1910 and never reappeared. Medals won are considered unofficial by the IOC.

Event   Time
 100m Archie Hahn, USA 11.2
 400m Paul Pilgrim, USA 53.2
 800m Paul Pilgrim, USA 2:01.5
1500m Jim Lightbody, USA 4:12.0
5 Miles Henry Hawtrey, GBR 26:11.8
Marathon Billy Sherring, CAN 2:51:23.6
110m H Robert Leavitt, USA 16.2
500m Walk George Bonhag, USA 7:12.6
3000m Walk György Sztantics, HUN 15:13.2
Event   Mark  
High Jump Con Leahy, GBR/IRE 5- 10  
Pole Vault Fernand Gonder, FRA 11- 53/4  
Long Jump Meyer Prinstein, USA 23- 71/2  
Triple Jump Peter O'Connor, GBR/IRE 46- 21/4  
Shot Put Martin Sheridan, USA 40- 51/4  
Stone Throw Nicolaos Georgantas, GRE 65- 41/2  
Discus Martin Sheridan, USA 136- 0  
Greek Discus Verner Järvinen, FIN 115- 41/2  
Eric Lemming, SWE 176-10 WR
Pentathlon Hjalmar Mellander, SWE 24 pts  
Notes: Weight in Stone Throw was 14.08 lbs; spinning not allowed in Greek-style Discus.
Standing   Mark
High Jump Ray Ewry, USA 5- 11/4
Long Jump Ray Ewry, USA 10-10