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Helsinki 1952 Helsinki 1952 19th July - 3rd August

Israel and the Soviet Union join the Olympic Games for the first time

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Top Medalists

  • Viktor CHUKARIN
    URS
    Gymnastics Artistic 1952
    420
  • Athletics 1952
    300
  • Mariya GOROKHOVSKAYA
    URS
    Gymnastics Artistic 1952
    250

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    Nina Romashkova - Athletics

    20/07/1952

    The Soviet Union would go on to become one of the world's sporting superpowers, but Helsinki 1952 represented its Olympic debut. From the off, it was clear that they would do well. While the Soviet fl...

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    Viktor Chukarin - Gymnastics

    25/06/2014

    Only nine countries won more gold medals in Helsinki than gymnast Viktor Chukarin, who was competing in his first Olympic Games at the age of 30. With the Soviet Union taking its Olympic bow, the rest...

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    Hrant Shahinyan - Gymnastics

    21/07/1952

    Hrant Shahinyan hailed from Armenia - not a traditional gymnastics hotbed - and did not look like a natural gymnast, walking with a stick and sporting a neat moustache. Yet he was one of the world's g...