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  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Rand becomes Great Britain's first female athletics champion

    Athletes often share a room during the Olympic Games, but rarely can a room have contained quite so much sporting brilliance as the one shared by Anna Packer and Mary Rand, two unassuming British women destined to prove themselves among the most versatile athletes in the world.
    19 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, long jump, Athletics, Great Britain
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Latynina signs off with six gymnastics medals

    The Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina arrived in Helsinki with a considerable burden on her slender shoulders. The world expected her to set records that would stand for many years, and she did not disappoint. Until Michael Phelps came along, Latynina had enjoyed the most lucrative Olympic career in history.
    01 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Gymnastics
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Lestander wins first Olympic biathlon gold

    Combining cross country skiing and target shooting, military patrol featured on the official programme at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924 before making a reappearance as a demonstration sport at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 and St Moritz 1948.
    21 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Biathlon
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Squaw Valley 1960: How it all began

    Alexander Cushing, a landowner in Squaw Valley – an uninhabited valley overlooking Lake Tahoe and perched 1,900 metres above sea level in California’s Sierra Nevada and 300 kilometres east of San Francisco – dreamed of transforming the place into a world-class winter sports destination. His vision began to take shape when he built a lodge and then a ski lift in the middle of what was still an untamed landscape.
    18 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Opening Ceremony
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Versatile Chudina takes three medals from three events

    The Soviet Union's Aleksandra Chudina could lay claim to being the most versatile athlete in Helsinki. Indeed she was one of the most multi-talented athletes the world of sport has ever seen, achieving an international standard of competing not just in high jump, long jump and javelin, but also in speed skating, pentathlon and volleyball.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Flying Remigino edges closest sprint in history

    Today, advances in technology have made it much easier to measure the split seconds and the fractional distances that often determine the destiny of competitions in the modern Olympic Games. We have action replays, virtual timing bars, crystal-clear photo finishes and digital timing to the thousandth of a second.
    21 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | London 1948

    Three medals for Micheline Ostermeyer

    Of all the proving grounds for future Olympic stars, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris does not rank high. It is one of Europe's great academies for music and dance, and yet it did deliver one of the great performers of the 1948 Games.
    31 Jul 1948 | London 1948, France, Athletics
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