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  • 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
  • News | London 1948

    Sweden were Olympic champions and Nordahl was a world star

    Football was increasingly a professional sport, which meant many of the best players from Western Europe and South America were denied places in the Olympic tournament. Among the teams fancied to do well, though, was Sweden, which included three brothers in their squad. These were Bertil, Gunnar and Knud Nordahl, a mechanic, fireman and policeman, respectively. It wouldn't be long before all three changed their status to professional footballers, but for the moment their focus was on Olympic success.
    30 Jul 1948 | London 1948, Sweden, Football
  • News | London 1948

    Aladar Gerevich, one of the greatest of all Olympic fencers

    The Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich is one of the greatest of all Olympic fencers. He won six successive gold medals in the sabre team events from the 1932 Games through to 1960 – if it hadn't been for the interruption for the Second World War, that total may well have been eight. Nevertheless, that gap of 28 years between gold medals has never been matched.
    29 Jul 1948 | London 1948, Hungary, Fencing
  • News | London 1948

    The incredible dominance of Fanny Blankers-Koen

    At almost every Olympic Games, various great athletes are heralded as the overall star, and good-natured arguments follow for years to come.
    29 Jul 1948 | London 1948, BLANKERS-KOEN, Fanny, Netherlands, Athletics
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