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  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    US ice hockey rookies conjure up a Miracle on Ice

    Between 1952 and 1992 the Soviet ice hockey team enjoyed a near monopoly on Olympic success. The only nation to break its grip on the competition was its then Cold War rival, the USA – which most notably pulled off what came to be known as the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. 
    02 Feb 1980 | Olympic News, Lake Placid 1980, Ice Hockey, Men, United States of America
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Cross country star Wassberg opens his Olympic gold account

    As well as winning four gold medals at two editions of the Olympic Winter Games, Swedish cross-country skier Thomas Wassberg left the Games and his sport with a long-lasting legacy.
    02 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Cross Country Skiing, Sweden
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Olympic obsession pays off for ruthless Schärer in the bob

    Any Olympic athlete will admit that to win gold takes a certain amount of ruthlessness, whether it be sticking rigidly to a training regime at the expense of one’s personal life or setting aside friendships with rivals once competition is underway.
    02 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Bobsleigh, Switzerland
  • News | Montreal 1976

    Moses launches epic era with hurdles record - Athletics

    It is no exaggeration to say that the men’s 400m at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal saw the birth of a legend, as Ed Moses announced his arrival on the international stage in devastating fashion.
    25 Jul 1976 | Montreal 1976
  • News | Sapporo 1972

    Christina Baas-Kaiser (NED) - Sapporo 1972

    Christina Baas-Kaiser’s Olympic adventure was a classic tale of triumph over adversity. Not once but twice she had been rejected for the Dutch Olympic team. Back in 1963, she had been told that she was too old, despite being just 24 and having recorded the best times of the season. Her omission later earned her a formal apology from the Dutch national team.
    12 Feb 1972 | Sapporo 1972, Olympic News, BAAS-KAISER, Stien, Speed Skating, Netherlands
  • News | Mexico 1968

    US basketball team in seventh heaven

    Watch our video and relive the final of the men’s basketball tournament at Mexico City 1968, where USA overpowered Yugoslavia to remain the sport’s one and only gold-medal winners since its introduction to the Olympic programme back in 1936.
    25 Oct 1968 | Mexico 1968
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Medved brings strength to bear in wrestling win

    Aleksandr Medved was well named. His surname translates as “Bear” and the giant wrestler fitted that image perfectly. He was eventually to be considered one of the finest wrestlers the world has ever known, but such acclaim lay ahead. Tokyo was his first Olympic Games, and it was to prove a formidable debut.
    17 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Wrestling Greco-Roman
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