After Mount Vesuvius erupted in April 1906 leaving Italy in financial trouble,the 1908 Olympics originally planned for Italy were moved to London.
2,008 (1,971 men, 37 women) competitors from 22 nations participated in 22 sports and 110 events over nearly 3 months. United States won the gold medals count with 38.
A stadium of 68,000 seats was built with high attendance. The English weather played havoc with many of the competition days disrupted by rain.
Interesting Point: After the London Olympics, the IOC ruled that officials would no longer be supplied solely by the Host Country, due to a number of controversial judging decisions.
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