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  • News | Athens 2004

    “Frog King” Kitajima reigns supreme

    Just like Ian Thorpe and Aaron Peirsol, Kosuke Kitajima had competed at the 2000 Olympic Games as a 17-year-old. Unlike the other two, he had left Sydney without a medal to show for his efforts, placing fourth in the 100m breaststroke and 17th in the 200m.
    15 Aug 2004 | Athens 2004, Olympic News, Japan, Swimming
  • News | Nagano 1998

    “Hermannator” thrills Nagano

    The story of Austria's Hermann Maier is a compelling, and one that at times beggars belief. A bricklayer and part-time ski instructor, he only came to full-time competitive skiing in his 20s, three years before these Games, yet he would establish himself as one of the finest winter sportsman in the world. And all the while, he skied as if he was fleeing an avalanche, attacking the mountains with utter determination.
    19 Feb 1998 | Nagano 1998, Olympic News, Alpine Skiing, Austria, MAIER, Hermann
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Rinn and Norbert complete unprecedented luge defence

    East Germany had emerged as the dominant force in the luge and bobsleigh at the Sapporo Games in 1972  – and the peak of that domination  arguably came four years later at Innsbruck, where the country’s male and female teams enjoyed a clean sweep of all the gold medals in both sports. In one 24-hour spell GDR athletes claimed 10 medals in 24 hours. Indeed, the GDR won all but three of the medals available.
    19 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Luge, German Democratic Republic
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