Olympic Games 1936 Final: United States, first-ever Olympic champion

The International Olympic Committee introduced basketball into its official program at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There had been a precedent, in the 1904 St. Louis Games, but it was held as a demonstration, without results and with five American teams in two days, so basketball landed in the Olympics this year. The first Olympic podium in history went to the United States (gold), Canada (silver), and Mexico (bronze)