Since the cycling road race was reintroduced into the Olympic Games at Berlin in 1936, the event had been dominated by Europe. The huge popularity and participation rates in cycling on the Continent, ...
The summer of 1984 proved to be a golden one for the France and its footballers. The summer of 1984 proved to be a golden one for the France and its footballers.
Led by the inspirational Michel Plati...
Morocco’s Said Aouita was a key pillar in the Golden Age of middle and long distance running in the 1980s. With Steve Ovett and Seb Coe in the twilight of their running careers, Aouita was the first o...
New Zealander Neroli Fairhall embodied more than anyone Pierre de Coubertin’s famed adage that winning wasn’t necessarily what the Olympic ideal was about. Fairhill was a promising young athlete when ...
Sebastian Coe’s victory in the 1,500m at the 1980 Games in Moscow was one of the most tumultuous moments in the history of the Olympics. Devastated at the loss in his favoured 800m days earlier by arc...
When Ulrike Meyfarth delighted her home fans with victory in the women’s high jump in the Olympic Games of 1972 in Munich, she entered the record books as the youngest ever winner of a track and field...
The inaugural running of the women’s 3,000m at the Olympic Games in 1984 proved in many ways a tragedy for all three of its main protagonists, and arguably became the most memorable race of the modern...
Daley Thompson was the kind of sportsman who delighted his fans and infuriated his critics in equal measure. A supremely gifted, and outspoken, athlete who turned decathlete after initially targeting ...
Glittering sporting careers can often be kick-started by a meteoric performance at the Olympic Games, and New Zealand sailor Russell Coutts is a prime example. When Coutts arrived as an inexperienced ...
Few athletes in the history of the Olympic Games bounced back from such a troubled childhood to reach the heights of athletic achievement quite like the American diver Greg Louganis.
Louganis was gi...
Running shoe worn by Carl Lewis at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
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Carl Lewis finishing first in the 200m
Carl Lewis carrying an American flag during his victory lap after winning the 100m
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General view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the Opening Ceremony
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Rafer Johnson gets ready to light the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Games in Los Angeles
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The US decathlete and final bearer of the flame, Rafer Johnson, enters the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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Bernhard Russi relives his triumphant run in Sapporo
Olympic Torch Relay to visit every state in Brazil
“Getting the couch potatoes off the couch”: IOC joins forces with UNESCO to improve Physical Education in schools
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean: perfection on ice