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

James Connolly

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James Connolly withdrew from Harvard to compete in the Olympics at age 27. On the opening day of the Olympics, Connolly competed and won the triple jump, which was the first match of the day. This made him the first Olympic champion since AD 385. 

Connolly also came in second in the high jump and third in the long jump during these first modern games. He later competed at the 1900 Paris Olympics (he did not medal) and covered the 1904 Olympics as a journalist.