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  • News | Sydney 2000

    Sydney 2000: a look back at the incredible atmosphere in the Aquatic Centre

    In the Sydney Aquatic Centre, from 16 to 23 September 2000, the Australian swimmers enjoyed massive support from an enthusiastic home crowd. An inside account of the days when teenager Ian Thorpe and his team-mates were motivated by an enormous wave of support to produce a series of memorable performances at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad.
    23 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Sydney 2000, Swimming, Australia, United States of America
  • News | Munich 1972

    Gary Hall Sr, the three-time Olympian whose roommate put him in the shade

    Gary Hall Senior won medals at three Olympic Games and held numerous world records, but on one late-August day in 1972, it was Hall’s friend, clubmate and fellow competitor, Mark Spitz, who set the sporting world alight, as Hall explains…
    16 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Swimming, United States of America, Munich 1972
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    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 | Melbourne / Stockholm 1956

    Irish athlete Ronnie Delany relives his Melbourne 1956 “beautiful moment”

    Ronnie Delany is the perhaps the Republic of Ireland’s definitive Olympic legend. Winning what is regarded as the most talent-packed 1500m final in Games history at Melbourne in 1956, his legend was immediately secured. Sixty-four years on, the moment has lost none of its magic.
    13 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Melbourne / Stockholm 1956, Athletics, Ireland
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Moscow 1980: Forty years on

    Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXII Olympiad, in Moscow in 1980.
    19 Jul 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Moscow 1980
  • News | Paris 1924

    On this day: 7 July 1924 – how Harold Abrahams became Europe’s first Olympic 100m champion

    They have already made one famous film about runner Harold Abrahams, the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, but the rest of his life contained enough fascinating detail to make another. It all started on this day in 1924, however, when the British athlete shocked the world by winning the 100m sprint.
    07 Jul 2020 | Olympic News, Paris 1924, Great Britain, Athletics
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    What goes into postponing the Olympic Games?

    As society began to come to terms with the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world, the IOC and its counterparts in Japan kept a close watch on the developing pandemic. When the announcement was made that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were to be postponed by a year, it was the result of an informed, albeit difficult, decision arrived at with the full consensus of all parties involved.
    17 Apr 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Olympic News

    Life after the Games with USA skating sensation Apolo Ohno

    Apolo Ohno, the USA’s most decorated winter Olympian of all time, is finding life after sport so thrilling, so complex, so challenging, so rewarding, that he is writing a book about it. Here, he looks back on his startling short track speed skating career and outlines how he is striving to make his time off the ice just as successful – both for him and for others.
    11 Mar 2020 | Olympic News, Short Track Speed Skating, Speed Skating, Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, United States of America
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