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  • News | Sydney 2000

    Sydney 2000: Crazy about Catherine

    Before her legendary race in Sydney, Catherine Freeman was everywhere. In newspapers, on the walls of skyscrapers, adored by a nation who didn’t doubt for a single second that she would triumph in the 400m final, at 8.10 p.m. on the dot, in Sydney on Monday 25 September 2000. With 48 hours to go before she competed, the fever ramped up on the streets of the Olympic city…
    24 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Sydney 2000, Athletics, Australia
  • News | Olympic News

    Art and sport: Pierre de Coubertin’s vision is just as relevant today!

    Following the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to combine “muscles and mind” at the Games, seven editions, from 1912 to 1948, included Olympic events in painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. After these were dropped, the cultural programmes created for the Games successfully continued the vision of the man who revived the Games.
    15 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Culture and Olympic Education, Legacy
  • News | Olympic News

    The oldest of the modern Olympic emblems is an anthem!

    You will certainly have heard it if you have ever watched an Olympic Games opening ceremony. A sumptuous piece of music like something out of a 19th century opera. What is its story? We take a look at the 124-year-old Olympic Anthem.
    08 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony
  • News | Olympic News

    John B. Kelly Sr: a historic achievement in Antwerp, and a legendary dynasty

    John Brendan (known as “Jack”) Kelly Sr achieved a unique feat on the Willebroeck Canal in Brussels in 1920 during the Games of the VII Olympiad: In half an hour, he took first place in the single sculls, and then first place again in the double sculls with his cousin, Paul Costello. Originally a bricklayer, he gained another title in 1924 in Paris and went on to make a fortune in construction. He was father to John B. Kelly Jr, also an Olympic medallist in rowing, and Grace Kelly, the famous American actress who became Princess of Monaco.
    07 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Rowing
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Timo ‘Magic’ Boll’s take on the evolution of table tennis through the ages

    From the size of the ball and the material it’s made of to the design of the rubbers and the set-up of the blades, table tennis has continually evolved throughout its 32 years on the Olympic programme. Few people have adapted better to these changes than three-time Olympic medallist Timo Boll, who will travel to Tokyo for his sixth shot at gold.
    04 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Table Tennis, Germany, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Olympic Channel

    Working hard to make your place: Wrestler Erica Wiebe’s advice to youth

    Erica Wiebe knows how it feels to doubt and question yourself. Being female in a traditionally male-dominated sport comes with several challenges, and women often have to fight to be respected or valued at a competitive level. In some countries, where traditional gender roles are systematically reinforced, deviating from societal norms is seen as an act of rebellion.
    21 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Olympic Channel, Sponsors, Toyota, Wrestling, Canada
  • News | IOC News

    How Lausanne came to meet its Olympic destiny

    In 1915, there was nothing to suggest that Lausanne would become the epicentre of the sporting world. Today, the five interlocking rings welcome travellers as they arrive at the railway station – and this is by no means the only expression of the Olympic spirit in the city. While Lausanne, nestled on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, is now known internationally as the Olympic Capital, it owes this status to the resolve of a certain French baron who had fallen in love with the area, and to the terrible context of the First World War.
    11 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Lausanne 2020
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