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Published on Jun 25, 2012
The Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games were marked by first times. For the first time, competitors in the Games came from all five continents. It was also the first time Japan participated. The modern pentathlon, women's swimming and women's diving all made their Olympic debuts.
The Stockholm Games were a model of efficiency. The Swedish hosts introduced the first Olympic use of automatic timing devices for the track events, the photo finish and a public address system.
These were the games of Jim Thorpe, a Native American from Oklahoma, who won the pentathlon and decathlon by huge margins. He was later disqualified when it was discovered that he had accepted a modest sum to play baseball before the Games. But in 1982, the IOC decided to reinstate him and gave his medals back to his daughter.
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