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Torch Helsinki 1952

Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games Torch

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Fritz Schwab (SUI)

The silver medal shown here was awarded to Swiss athlete Fritz Schwab for his second place in the 10,000m walk at the Helsinki OG. We see him here during the event (wearing no. 858), accompanied by his opponents, including Sweden’s John Mickaelsson (second from the right), the future Olympic champion

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Lis Hartel-Host (DEN)

Lis Hartel-Host on her horse at a dressage competition

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Emil Zátopek (CZH)

Emil Zátopek is first to enter the stadium in the marathon at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki

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Lighting the cauldron (Helsinki 1952)

Paavo Nurmi lights the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the Helsinki Olympic Games

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Opening Ceremony Helsinki 1952

Paavo Nurmi as the last torchbearer carrying the Olympic flame

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