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  • News | IOC News

    In 1913, Pierre de Coubertin designed one of the world's most famous symbols

    The Olympic rings represent the five continents and all nations united by Olympism. Today, they make up of the most famous and recognised symbols in the world. Did you know that it was a mere 20 years after the re-establishment of the Olympic Games that Pierre de Coubertin presented his emblem to the 1914 Olympic Congress in Paris? While he is remembered for being an educator, historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he was also a talented designer. Read on for the full history of the Olympic rings.
    18 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News
  • 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
  • News | Lausanne 2020

    Lausanne 2020: a popular and financial success

    The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) came to a close almost five months ago to the day. This presented an opportunity for the Organising Committee to look back on the great sporting and popular success of the YOG as well as the positive financial results. Now, it's time to look at the legacy, which will be managed by a new structure set up for this purpose. 
    02 Jul 2020 | Olympic News, Lausanne 2020, YOG
  • News | Refugee Olympic Team

    Follow Refugee shooters in their bid to reach Olympic Games

    Original series 'Taking Refuge' tells the story of three novice competitors mentored by Olympic champ Niccolo Campriani as they take aim at Tokyo 2020.
    19 Jun 2020 | Olympic News, Shooting, Refugee Olympic Team, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    The modern Games caught in the upheavals of history

    In 124 years, from their revival by Pierre de Coubertin until this week’s decision to postpone the Olympic Games in Tokyo from 2020 to 2021, the Olympic Games had never been postponed. But the 20th century’s two world wars led several editions to be cancelled. Let’s take a look at the Games that were caught in the upheavals of modern history.
    26 Mar 2020 | Olympic 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
  • News | Sustainability

    IOC’s hydrogen fleet inspires green momentum in the region

    The IOC’s hydrogen-powered vehicles and fuelling station are winning local acclaim, generating discussion, and inspiring further developments in the local hydrogen sector.
    27 Feb 2020 | Olympic News, Sustainability, Tokyo 2020, Toyota, Sponsors
  • News | Turin 2006

    When Kjetil André Aamodt started his golden quest

    With eight Olympic podium places and four gold medals, no one has topped this achievement in Olympic Alpine skiing. From his first to his last title, Kjetil André Aamodt was a Super-G champion who turned expectations on their head. From the young 19-year-old unknown in Albertville 1992, to the 34-year-old outsider in Turin fourteen years later, he had to believe in himself when no one else did.
    18 Feb 2020 | Olympic News, Norway, Alpine Skiing, Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006
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