April 24, 2012 2 Comments
I just happened to be thinking about the Olympics today and a memory hit me, so you get to share.
The 1908 games (IV Olympiad of the modern games) were held in London in 1908 and were very contentious. The trouble started early and continued all the way through the Marathon. The trouble started when US officials noticed there was no United States flag displayed with the others. Neither was Sweden’s, they stormed out of the stadium.
But all’s well that ends well. A new piece of US flag protocol came out of this contretemps.
U.S. flag bearer and discus champion Martin Sheridan responded by refusing to dip the Stars and Stripes when he passed King Edward VII‘s box in the parade of athletes. “This flag dips to no earthly king, or potentate” Sheridan said. And it hasn’t since.
- The 1908 London Olympic Games (vintage-everyday.blogspot.com)
- On Olympics: The Marathon’s Accidental Route to 26 Miles 385 Yards (nytimes.com)
- Queen Elizabeth II to open 2012 Olympics (mercurynews.com)
- Olympics: how London put its permanent mark on the Games more than a century ago (guardian.co.uk)