Date: August 1936
During the first year basketball was given medal status, the US won gold. Not only was this America's first gold medal in the sport, but Dr. Naismith himself did the honors and placed the gold on the players' necks. Twenty-three nations were represented giving basketball the distinction of the largest tournament of all the team sports. The US beat Canada in the gold medal game, 19-8. The low score had to do with the game being held outside in the rain. This had to be a surreal moment for the good doctor to see a game he invented be recognized by the world.