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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
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