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

Photo: Comité International Olympique

While the initial idea didn’t win fans, Coubertin pressed on and gathered allies to his cause. Eventually his idea to revive the Olympic Games took hold and the committee decided on Athens and Paris to be the first two hosts in 1896 and 1900. 

The above photos shows the original International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Athens during the 1896 games.