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

John Paine

Inset: Harvard Magazine

John Paine competed at the first modern Olympics alongside his older brother Sumner Paine (the next slide). Both competed in shooting. They were disqualified in the rapid-fire pistol event because they didn’t have the right caliber pistols. However,  John won the 25-meter military pistol event. 

According to the Team USA website, John was supposed to compete in the 30-meter free pistol event but withdrew. “It is said that he and his brother agreed that whoever won an event first would then drop out of the next event.”