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1936: The first Olympic basketball gold medal game is held at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany. The U.S. defeated Canada, 19-8, in game played outdoors on a dirt court in a driving rain. Due to the quagmire, the teams could not dribble and scoring was held to a minimum. The medals, which included a bronze for Mexico for defeating Poland 26-12, were awarded by James Naismith, the founder of basketball.