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Olympic Games Paris
The Paris Olympics of 1900 were the first Games where the tug of war sport featured on the program. A tug of war contest at that time was basically the same format as the present contest, though the tug of war teams in these early days consisted of six persons instead of the present eight.
There are several versions of the result of the tug of war competition in the Paris Games. Some records indicate that the medals were won by the USA, Sweden/Denmark and France, whilst in other accounts of the Games, the Swedes are acknowledged as the Champions, with France winning the silver. Apparently there is a difference of opinion whether the matches in which the USA participated were official events of the Olympics or only exhibition pulls, which took place after the official event was finished. Such conflict now seems very absurd in sports organization, at those early Olympic events however, such incident were certainly not unusual.
Poster Olympic Games Paris 1900

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