Meet The Very First “Team USA” From The 1896 Olympics

Athletics Team from Princeton University

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With no predecessors to show them the ropes, the US athletes did what they could to stay in shape on that boat ride to Athens. 

According to The Sun, “Curtis, Burke, and Clark practised [sic] starting [races], and Blake devoted himself to skipping the rope and running up and down stairs, while Hoyt took to strengthening his arms by lifting himself from the deck to the rigging.”