Where They Started
See which counties have produced the UK's Olympians and medallists
* Rugby was last played as an Olympic sport in 1924. It is slated to return at the 2016 games in Rio in the form of rugby sevens, after an absence of almost a century.
* Cricket was played in the Olympics just once, in 1900 near Paris. Great Britain was represented by the Devon and Somerset Wanderers, who played an unusual twelve-a-side match against a French team consisting mostly of British expatriates. Neither team realised they were competing in the Olympics and, since only two teams competed, the French won a silver medal for losing the match.
* Tug-of-War was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1920. Great Britain won five medals in that time – more than any other country, and as many as the rest of Europe put together.
* Basketball’s first appearance in the Olympics was in 1904. While it became a regular fixture in 1936, Britain has only entered a team in those years when it has been the host nation: in 1948 (shown on this map) and in 2012.
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On 18/19th August, the first weekend after the Olympics and before the Paralympics, Join In Local Sport will encourage the nation to head down to where it starts for every great champion – their local sports club. See what’s happening and be part of the UK’s biggest celebration of local sport at www.joininuk.org.