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  • 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, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Olympic News

    Art and sport: Pierre de Coubertin’s vision is just as relevant today!

    Following the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to combine “muscles and mind” at the Games, seven editions, from 1912 to 1948, included Olympic events in painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. After these were dropped, the cultural programmes created for the Games successfully continued the vision of the man who revived the Games.
    15 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Culture and Olympic Education, Melbourne / Stockholm 1956, RIO 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Buenos Aires 2018
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    The legend of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing and double Olympic champion in Antwerp

    At the Antwerp 1920 Games, Hawaiian champion Duke Kahanamoku became the first swimmer to win the Olympic 100m freestyle twice in a row. This came after his first title eight years earlier in Stockholm. He went on to claim a silver medal in the event at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, and is also known and honoured throughout the world as the man who popularised the sport of surfing.
    11 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Swimming, KAHANAMOKU, Duke, United States of America, Antwerp 1920, Paris 1924, Stockholm 1912
  • News | Olympic Channel

    Working hard to make your place: Wrestler Erica Wiebe’s advice to youth

    Erica Wiebe knows how it feels to doubt and question yourself. Being female in a traditionally male-dominated sport comes with several challenges, and women often have to fight to be respected or valued at a competitive level. In some countries, where traditional gender roles are systematically reinforced, deviating from societal norms is seen as an act of rebellion.
    21 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Olympic Channel, Sponsors, Toyota, Wrestling, Canada
  • News | Singapore 2010

    Ten years on: “The YOG played a huge role for me,” says Le Clos

    As we mark the 10-year anniversary of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG), South African swimmer Chad le Clos reflects on the role the YOG played in his development, as his five-medal haul at Singapore 2010 helped lead him to the top of the Olympic podium just two years later in London…
    21 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Singapore 2010, YOG, South Africa, Swimming
  • News | Olympic News

    Olympic champion Gary Hall Junior lifts the lid on succeeding with type 1 diabetes

    Whether winning five gold medals or punching a shark, Gary Hall Junior was one of the USA’s highest-profile swimmers across three Olympic Games. That he topped the podium while also managing type 1 diabetes makes his story all the more remarkable. Now he is offering an Olympian & Paralympian Online Experience – a 60-minute one-on-one Zoom call in which he offers advice and guidance on “Competing with Type 1 with a Gold Medallist”.
    12 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, Swimming, United States of America, Sponsors, Airbnb
  • News | YOG

    Friends Forever at the YOG

    As the world marks the International Day of Friendship on 30 July, we hear from former Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes about how they forged lasting friendships with competitors from all over the world during their time at the YOG.
    30 Jul 2020 | Olympic News, YOG, Lillehammer 2016, Lausanne 2020, Nanjing 2014, Singapore 2010, Innsbruck 2012, Buenos Aires 2018
  • News | Olympic News

    Lessons in resilience, cooking and self-defence from refugee athletes

    In August 2015, Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini saved the lives of 20 fellow refugees as they fled war-torn Syria for safety in Europe. Just a year later, she was competing at Rio 2016 as part of the IOC’s first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. Now Mardini and other team members are offering a series of Online Experiences in which they share tips and insights on a diverse range of topics ranging from resilience to Afghan cooking.
    29 Jul 2020 | Olympic News, Airbnb, Sponsors, RIO 2016, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo, Refugee Olympic Team
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