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  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Chamonix Games take shape

    Over the course of just one year, a variety of Olympic facilities were built along the banks of the Arve, the river that carves its way through Chamonix Valley. The circular Olympic rink, which would also serve as the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, had a 27,660m2 skating surface installed, featuring a racing track and a curling sheet, which required prior construction of a concrete flood wall to support the embankment that was preventing the river from bursting its banks. The water pipes were then modified so that a thin layer of water could be sprayed onto the icy surface.
    25 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Olympic News
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Antwerp 1920: tug of war and a 72-year-old medallist

    Are you familiar with tug of war? Did you know that only two teams took part in the rugby 15s competition, that the oldest Olympic medallist in history was a 72-year-old Swede or that Brazil already had its first gold medallist 100 years ago? Here are some facts from the great history of the Games.
    17 Apr 1920 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Tug of War, Shooting, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Weightlifting
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Nordlander leads Swedish charge in the eventing

    In the resolution adopted at the Sorbonne Congress in Paris back in 1894 that paved the way for the launch of the modern Olympic Games, the inclusion of equestrian sports on the programme had been discussed, a motion which received the enthusiastic support of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
    17 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Hodgson’s stroke of genius

    Canadian swimmer George Hodgson was just 18 when the 1912 Games came around. He proceeded to make his mark in short but devastating fashion, winning two gold medals and outshining a number of far more decorated rivals.
    14 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Swimming, Canada
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Fuchs underlines Hungarian sabre supremacy

    Just as the Belgians reigned supreme in the epée and the Italians showed their prowess in the foil, in the sabre events it was the Hungarians who underlined their status as world masters, completing a clean sweep in the individual competition and winning gold in the team competition.
    14 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Fencing, Hungary
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Anspach spearheads Belgians to epée golds

    In the absence of the traditionally strong French, who boycotted the fencing competitions at the 1912 Games due to a disagreement over the rules, the Belgians dominated the epée events in Stockholm, winning the team gold and occupying two of the three podium spots in the individual event.
    13 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Belgium, Fencing
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Braglia bounces back to deliver another golden gymnastics display

    Alberto Braglia arrived in Stockholm as an Olympic champion, having won the individual all-around gymnastics event in London four years previously. He had been an outstanding gymnast since his youth – and had taught himself many of the required movements in his parents’ barn.
    11 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, BRAGLIA, Alberto, Gymnastics, Italy
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Bathe in glory

    Few Olympians have been as appropriately named as Walter Bathe. Born in what is now Poland, the German began swimming at the age of eight to build up his constitution. He became a member of the ASV Wroclaw club and, by 1912, was performing at a high enough standard to represent Germany at the Olympic Games.Bathe was a breaststroke specialist, who had twice broken the world record over 100m in 1910. But in Stockholm he was entered into the 200m and 400m events.
    10 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Swimming, Poland
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Thorpe conquers all to become first great all-round Olympian

    Jim Thorpe is now widely acknowledged as one of the most talented all-round athletes of the 20th century. His successes in Stockholm were clouded in controversy for many years, but they can now be enjoyed for the superb pieces of sporting achievement that they were.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, United States of America, Athletics
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Kolehmainen crowned king of the track

    No track athlete had a better record at the 1912 Games than the Finn Hannes Kolehmainen, who took home three gold medals and set the same number of Olympic records. He could claim to be the first great distance runner of the Olympic Games, winning the 5,000m, 10,000m and individual cross country events in thrilling fashion – while also taking a silver in the team cross country discipline, which was effectively decided by aggregating the results achieved by a country’s competitors in the individual race.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Athletics, Finland
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