Paris was given the host city for the 1900 Olympics as it was already hosting the popular World Fair.
The Games, unfortunately, were a disaster in both planning and execution. even though there were four times more competitors and double the number of sports than in Athens four years earlier.
IOC President Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, remarked, “It’s a miracle the Olympic movement survived these Games.”
997 (975 men, 22 women) competitors from 24 nations participated in 18 sports and 95 events over nearly 6 months. France, with 26 gold medals, topped the medal table, the only time in Olympic history it has done so.
Interesting Point: Women first competed in Olympic events, with 22 women taking part.
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