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  • News | YOG

    #YOGWatch: YOG stars shine in September

    Olympic.org picks out some of the most eye-catching performances from former Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes in recent weeks, as the YOG continue to provide a springboard to the international stage.
    15 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Buenos Aires 2018, YOG
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    National Olympic Legends: Park inspires generations with her golfing gold in Rio

    It may have been 2.08 a.m. in the Republic of Korea when Inbee Park holed out on the 18th at Rio 2016 to win Olympic gold, but no one was sleeping back home. Three national TV networks were carrying live coverage and, from schoolchildren to grandparents, a nation was transfixed.
    04 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Golf, Republic of Korea, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Olympic News

    Hitoshi Saitō, the first two-time Olympic heavyweight judoka champion

    On 1 October 1988 in Seoul, Hitoshi Saitō achieved something nobody had managed before: he successfully defended the title won four years earlier in Los Angeles, the first Japanese judoka to achieve this double at the Games, and the first in the heavyweight category. This secured his place in the history of his sport, before he went on to coach the successful Japanese judokas at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. 
    01 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Judo, Japan
  • News | Olympic News

    David Douillet writes judo history in Sydney in 2000

    After winning a second consecutive Olympic gold medal among the heavyweight judokas, on 22 September 2000 in Sydney, David Douillet hung up his kimono, with a list of achievements that made him the biggest star in his sport in the 1990s. His successor in France is none other than Teddy Riner, who intends to go one better by winning a third title in Tokyo in 2020!
    22 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Judo, France
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Olympic champions impress as sprint canoeists get first taste of Tokyo 2020 venue

    Fierce racing and a serene setting helped contribute to a successful canoe sprint test event at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo. The Ready Steady Tokyo Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe event, organised by Tokyo 2020, saw many of the sport’s top competitors participate.  
    17 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020 test events, Tokyo 2020, Canoe Sprint
  • News | Olympic News

    Record-breaking kayaker Birgit Fischer unveils secrets to success

    Kayaker Birgit Fischer won her first Olympic gold medal aged 18. Twenty-four years later, aged 42, she won her eighth. The German record-setter is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes of all-time and her story is well worth listening to.
    29 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Canoe Sprint, FISCHER, Birgit, Germany
  • News | YOG

    Masters of the mat

    Ahead of the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, olympic.org highlights some of the judoka who have made a big impact on the global stage since their breakthrough performances at the Youth Olympic Games
    24 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Judo
  • News | Legacy

    Athens 2004: Olympic legacies in the Greek capital

    Fifteen years ago the Olympic Games Athens 2004 were considered a “homecoming”: Greece was the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games and host of the inaugural Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896. Despite challenges related to the post-Games use of some of the Olympic venues, the Games did not disappoint their hosts: they created wide-ranging benefits, some of which the Greek capital continues to enjoy to this day.  
    13 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Legacy, Athens 2004
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    12 July 1912: Fanny Durack becomes the first female Olympic swimming champion

    The first-ever women’s Olympic swimming event was the 100m freestyle, a competition that began on 8 July 1912, at the Olympic Games in Stockholm. Competing for Australasia, 22-year-old swimming sensation Fanny Durack, who had taken to the “Australian crawl” better than anyone, was in scintillating form, setting a world record in the heats and securing a comfortable victory in the final. In doing so, she claimed the first-ever women’s Olympic swimming gold medal and became Australia’s first female Olympic medallist.
    12 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, Stockholm 1912, Australia
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