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  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens and the greatest 45 minutes in sport

    On 25th of May 1935 the 21-year-old Owens averaged a world record every nine minutes at the Big Ten Championships. Five world leading marks and one world equalling effort, all completed with an injury severe enough for his coach to seriously consider pulling him out of the meet at the last minute.
    25 May 1935 | Berlin 1936, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, Athletics
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Indestructible Guglielmetti earns golden reward

    Many of the European delegations making the long journey across the Atlantic for the 1932 Olympics devised inventive ways to keep their team members fit during the gruelling voy-age.
    10 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Madison makes her mark in the pool

    For most Olympians, appearing at the Games is the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition, but Helene Madison was something of an unusual case.
    08 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Hurdler Atkinson achieves redemption on the track

    Sportsmanship and chivalry have been ever present virtues since the modern Olympic movement started. The adage that says taking part outweighs the merits of winning was never more appropriate than when applied to the conduct of South African sprint hurdler George Weightman-Smith.
    17 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, South Africa, Athletics
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Skijoring’s solitary Olympic appearance

    Pierre de Coubertin was an interested spectator at the skijoring competitions organised as part of the Nordic Games he attended in the early years of the 20th century. Suitably impressed by what he saw, in 1901 he wrote an article for the Revue Olympique in which he advocated the inclusion of several winter sports on the Games programme and expressed a particular interest in skijoring, which eventually made its Olympic debut at St Moritz 1928, albeit as a demonstration sport.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Heaton slides into Olympic history

    Hailing from a well-to-do family in Connecticut, Jennison Heaton and his brothers Jack and Trowbridge spent their childhood years in Europe and frequently holidayed in the Alps. They discovered the joys of winter sports on the legendary Cresta Run in St Moritz, the track on which British tourists invented the sport of bobsleigh in the 1870s.
    18 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, United States of America, Skeleton
  • News | Paris 1924

    Blanchonnet steel wins double gold for France

    Leggy cyclist Armand Blanchonnet was not known as the Phenomenon for nothing in his native France, and he proved himself to be one of the most popular performers among the home crowd during the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
    01 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Cycling, France
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Scherrer’s stroke of luck leads to Olympic success

    When Captain Eduard Scherrer, a native of Switzerland, the spiritual home of bobsleigh, entered a local raffle in the early 1920s, competing at the Olympic Games was probably not at the forefront of his mind. After winning a bobsleigh in the draw, however, he and his friends Alfred Neveu, Alfred Schläppi and Heinrich Schläppi, took it for runs in the surrounding icy countryside. Eventually they decided to enter the Swiss trials for the Chamonix Games, which they duly won.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Bobsleigh, Switzerland, Olympic News
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