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  • News | Stockholm 1912

    12 July 1912: Fanny Durack becomes the first female Olympic swimming champion

    The first-ever women’s Olympic swimming event was the 100m freestyle, a competition that began on 8 July 1912, at the Olympic Games in Stockholm. Competing for Australasia, 22-year-old swimming sensation Fanny Durack, who had taken to the “Australian crawl” better than anyone, was in scintillating form, setting a world record in the heats and securing a comfortable victory in the final. In doing so, she claimed the first-ever women’s Olympic swimming gold medal and became Australia’s first female Olympic medallist.
    12 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, Stockholm 1912, Australia
  • News | YOG

    #YOGWatch: YOG stars shine bright in June

    June saw a host of impressive performances by former Youth Olympic Games athletes on the world stage. Here, Olympic.org takes a look at some of the highlights… 
    09 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, YOG
  • News | Beijing 2022

    Beijing 2022 ice venue cooling system to reduce carbon footprint of Olympic Games

    In a landmark decision guided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), natural CO2 refrigeration systems will be used in most of the Beijing 2022 ice venues. This will decrease the overall carbon footprint of the Olympic Games Beijing 2022. 
    26 Jun 2019 | Olympic News, Beijing 2022, IOC News, Sustainability
  • News | Paris 2024

    Paris 2024 launches “Terre de Jeux 2024” label

    Yesterday at the French Senate, Tony Estanguet, the President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, launched the Terre de Jeux 2024 label, aimed at local and regional authorities that want to be a part of the Olympic and Paralympic adventure and designed to introduce more sport into the everyday lives of the French population. 
    18 Jun 2019 | Olympic News, Paris 2024
  • News | London 1948

    Snapped: the day Fanny Blankers-Koen ripped up the rulebook

    In August 1948, the 30-year-old Fanny Blankers-Koen won an astonishing 11 races in eight days as she claimed four gold medals at the London Olympic Games and changed the perception of women’s sport forever. It is little wonder world-renowned Dutch athletics coach Charles Van Commenee labels his compatriot as the “greatest sports person we have ever produced as a nation”.
    14 Jun 2019 | Olympic News, Athletics, London 1948, BLANKERS-KOEN, Fanny, Netherlands
  • News | YOG

    Celebrating the pride of Africa

    As the Senegalese capital Dakar continues preparations to host the fourth Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022, we look back at five of the most spectacular performances from African athletes at previous editions of the YOG.
    06 May 2019 | Olympic News, YOG
  • News | Beijing 2008

    Steiner forges new life after highs and lows of Olympic career

    Olympic Games Beijing 2008 weightlifting champion Matthias Steiner has become a singer, author and motivational speaker after approaching his post-Olympic career with the same dedication that saw him overcome tragedy en route to the gold medal in China. 
    26 Apr 2019 | Olympic News, Beijing 2008, Weightlifting, Germany
  • News | Beijing 2022

    YOG stars Danioth and Meillard focus on Beijing 2022

    Young Swiss skiers Aline Danioth and Melanie Meillard lit up the second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016. Aged only 17 at the time, they have since been living up to expectations, with Meillard claiming a World Cup top-three finish and Danioth a World Championship team title. They are now focusing their dreams on claiming Olympic success together at the Winter Games Beijing 2022. 
    11 Mar 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Beijing 2022, Switzerland, Alpine Skiing
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Snapped: the moment that proved miracles do happen

    It is commonly known as the ‘Miracle on Ice’. In 2016, Sports Illustrated declared it to be the greatest moment in sporting history. But what was it like to captain the USA ice hockey team of rank outsiders to victory against the mighty Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games and score the winning goal? Mike Eruzione is the only man that knows… 
    22 Feb 2019 | Olympic News, Lake Placid 1980, Ice Hockey, United States of America
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