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

Robert Garrett

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Part of the Princeton crew, his mother paid for the four Princeton athletes to go to the Athens Olympics. 

From Team USA website, “Primarily a shot putter and a jumper, Garrett took up discus in preparation for the Olympics. Although awkward in his delivery, given that it was his first time throwing a real discus, Garrett’s third and final throw outdistanced the competition at 29.15 meters. He also won the shot put with a throw of 11.22 meters, tied James Connolly for second in the high jump and finished second in the long jump.” 

He competed again in the 1900 Olympics and finished third in both the shot put and standing long jump.