The plaudits rained in for the Swedish organisers. “It will be an example to be followed by us all. We admired the clear planning; we have watched its execution with the same admiration, and we have brought home with us to our nation a sum of useful and fundamental experience,” read a letter by Johan Sverre, President of the Norwegian Olympic Committee.
James Sullivan, Secretary to the USA Olympic Committee – who had been instrumental in the St Louis Games of 1904 – was similarly glowing. “During my many years’ connection with athletics, I have never worked with a Committee that gave the entire satisfaction that the Swedish Olympic Committee did,” he said.
The general feeling was that these had been the most efficient, straightforward and effective Games yet ¬– and a major step forward for the Olympic movement. “The aftermath….has been rich beyond expectation,” read the Official Report. “It would require volumes to give anything like a complete summary of what has been said of the Olympic Games in Stockholm and their organisation.”
Everybody had come away happy – not least the hosts, whose total medal count was 65, 24 of which were gold. The medals given out at these Games had particular significant as they were the last-ever at an Olympics to be made from solid gold.