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  • News | Rome 1960

    Fredriksson stages stylish farewell in kayak doubles

    Sweden's Gert Fredriksson, who competed at the top level over the course of more than two decades, is arguably the greatest canoeist of all time. He began competing in 1942, but the Second World War meant he didn't make his Olympic debut until 1948, by which time he was 28. He won two gold medals in London, then added a gold and a silver four years later in Helsinki and then two more golds in Melbourne in 1956.
    29 Aug 1960 | Rome 1960, Canoe / Kayak, Sweden
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Wagner and Paul prove the perfect match

    Hailing from Toronto, Canadian pair Barbara Wagner and Robert “Bob” Paul had been skating together since 1952, when they were mere 14 and 15 year olds respectively. Paul’s love for skating can be traced back to his recovery from a childhood bout of non-paralytic polio, during which he asked his parents for a pair of skates. From that point on he barely left the ice, teaming up with his teenage partner to represent Canada in the pairs at Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956, where they took sixth place.
    26 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Figure Skating, Canada
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Hinterseer flies the flag for Austria

    Born in Kitzbühel on 28 February 1932, Ernst Hinterseer was an apprentice carpenter and highly accomplished skier whose Austrian giant slalom title win in 1954 earned him a place in the national team for Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956. He could only finish sixth as his compatriots Toni Sailer, Andreas Molterer and Walter Schuster complete a clean sweep of the medals.
    26 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Austria, Alpine Skiing
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Vuarnet takes downhill skiing to the next level

    Born in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on 18 January 1933, Jean Vuarnet was still an infant when he moved with his family to the ski resort of Morzine in the French Alps. Later, as a law student in Grenoble, he developed into a top-class skier, eventually earning a place in the national team and revealing his rich promise at the highest level by winning downhill bronze at the 1958 FIS World Championships in Bad Gastein (AUT).
    26 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Downhill, France
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Unprecedented jump makes bright Button figure skating champion

    At the age of 18, Dick Button was a little young to be making history, but he had always thrived on beating the odds. As a youngster, Button had been an enthusiastic young skater, but had only really focused on the sport after his ability was doubted. At the age of 12, Button was told he would never be a good skater, a comment that enraged his father. He sent him to New York to take lessons from leading coach Joe Carroll.
    02 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Figure Skating, United States of America, Olympic News, BUTTON, Richard
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    A legendary double for Grøttumsbråten

    A cross-country and Nordic combined specialist, Norway’s Johan Grøttumsbråten won three medals at Chamonix 1924: silver in the 18km and bronzes in the 50km and Nordic combined, an event in which he also won gold at the 1926 world championships in Lahti (FIN).
    18 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Norway
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Defying the elements

    The Games were held in weather conditions that were unpredictable to say the least. The Opening Ceremony, held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 11 February 1928, took place in a blizzard. As the snow fell, 1,200 officials and participants paraded before the members of the IOC and the COS, with the assembled dignitaries including the President of the Swiss Confederation Edmund Schulthess and Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the prince consort of the Netherlands, who was representing Amsterdam, the host city of the Summer Games later that year.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Opening Ceremony
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Tullin Thams soars with wind in his sails

    The ski jumping competition, held at Le Mont hill, brought the inaugural Olympic Winter programme to a close, attracting thousands of fans to the foot of the Bossons glacier on 4 February for what was expected to be a marvellous contest between 27 competitors representing nine nations.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Ski Jumping, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Antwerp 1920: tug of war and a 72-year-old medallist

    Are you familiar with tug of war? Did you know that only two teams took part in the rugby 15s competition, that the oldest Olympic medallist in history was a 72-year-old Swede or that Brazil already had its first gold medallist 100 years ago? Here are some facts from the great history of the Games.
    17 Apr 1920 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Tug of War, Shooting, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Weightlifting
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