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  • 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
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Hasu upsets the odds in Nordic combined

    The Nordic combined was an event where one nation was expected to dominate, and that nation was Norway. A Norwegian athlete had always won gold in previous Games. In fact, Norwegian athletes had won every medal in the four Games where Nordic combined had been included. Rarely has any nation held such a stranglehold on any sport.
    01 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Nordic Combined, Finland, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Lundström and Sweden dominate cross-country events

    Things were rarely quiet when Martin Lundström was around. Born into a family of 15 children, he had been a farm worker since he was a boy growing up in rural Sweden. Lundström began working in the woods when he was just 13 and also skied to school, growing into a tough young man who was utterly at home on snow.
    31 Jan 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Cross Country Skiing, Sweden, Olympic News
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens immortalized by his fourth gold medal

    Controversially added to the team at the last minute, Jesse Owens lined up for the 4x100m relay with a chance to add an incredible fourth gold medal to his collection. Under typically difficult circumstances, what followed was just as typically extraordinary.
    09 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens completes the hat-trick with 200m win

    Two events completed, two gold medals in the bag, Jesse Owens lined up for the 200m at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games on the verge of a very special achievement. In sublime form, full of confidence and with his major rival Ralph Metcalfe absent, the stage was set for an Olympic hat-trick.
    05 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse
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