Basketball made its first introduction into the Olympics at the 1904 Games in St. Louis as a demonstration event and included as a medal event at the 1936 Olympics. Women’s basketball was debuted at the Montreal 1976 Games.
The game was invented in the United States in the late 1800s and quickly became one of the most-watched sports in the world. The United States has dominated the sport of basketball since its induction into the Olympics, with the USA men’s basketball team taking home the gold medal a record 16 times and a total of nine times by the USA women’s basketball team.
Men’s wheelchair basketball became an integral part of the Paralympic Games starting in 1960 and women’s wheelchair basketball in 1968.