capital of games in 1908 could easily be Rome.The obstacle was the economic difficulties and natural disasters in Italy in 1906, which required additional costs.

In 1908, the Olympics was attended by 23 countries.Team was 22, as Australia and New Zealand have sent athletes together.For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games it took part in it more than 2,000 athletes, among whom were women and several dozen.

Most participants were from Europe, but there were also athletes United States, Argentina and, as mentioned above, Australia and New Zealand.A separate team played against South Africa, although at that time it was still part of the British Empire.From Asia it was represented only by Turkey.

the first time in these games was voiced the unofficial team standi
ngs of the countries.The first place was taken by the hostess of the competition - the United Kingdom.Behind her a considerable margin followed by Team USA and Sweden.

Russian Empire also sent their athletes to the games.The delegation of the country was small - only 6 3 athletes in sports.However, these events have become successful for the country - has received its first Olympic gold medal.Her winning figure skater Nikolai Panin, proving the strong positions of Russia in winter sports.It should be remembered that in 1908, there was no separation of the Olympics in the summer and winter.

was successful performance of Russian fighters - two of them got the silver in their weight categories.

In general, the game turned out to be arranged in London is much better than the competition in previous years in Paris and St. Louis.The role played by attention to the games by the royal family - they opened by King Edward VII, and the heir to the throne, the future George V, helped the International Olympic Committee to find funding for the completion of construction of sports facilities.