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  • Oslo 1952 Speed Skating Men | Video

    Oslo 1952 Speed Skating Men

    In the early 50's, Hjalmar Johan Andersen from Norway was undoubtedly the best speed skater in the world. At the Olympic Winter Games in 1952 in Oslo, he won three gold medals.
  • Oslo 1952 Figure Skating Men Individual | Video

    Oslo 1952 Figure Skating Men Individual

    "At the age of 18, Richard ""Dick"" Button won his first gold at the Olympic Winter Games in St.Moritz. Watch his performance four years later in Oslo, again crowned with the gold medal!"
  • An Olympic legend in the making - Emil Zátopek | Video

    An Olympic legend in the making - Emil Zátopek

    In the 10,000m final at the 1948 London Games, Emil Zátopek lapped all but two runners and won by more than 300m. Three days later, Zátopek ran in the final of the 5,000m. Trailing by 50m at the start of the final lap, he closed the gap with a stunning sprint finish. But he had to settle for silver finishing just 1.5 metres behind the victor, Gaston Etienne Reiff of Belgium.   Zátopek had a distinctive running style. He would pant and wheeze and would look visibly shattered during a race. This led to him being nicknamed “The Locomotive”. When asked about his rather inelegant looking style, he replied: “This isn’t gymnastics or ice skating, you know.”   Emil Zátopek is the only runner to win the 5,000m, the 10,000m and the marathon at the same Olympic Games at Helsinki 1952. He went undefeated in his first 38 races over 10,000m from 1948 through to 1954, and is recognised as one the greatest runners of all time.
  • Finland's distance pioneer - Hannes Kolehmainen | Video

    Finland's distance pioneer - Hannes Kolehmainen

    Hannes Kölehmainen was the first of the great Finnish distance runners. At the 1912 Olympic Games, he won the 5,000m, the 10,000m and the individual cross-country race, in which he also won a silver medal in the team event. In his 5,000m victory he broke the world record and was the first person to run the distance under 15 minutes. He also set a world record for 3,000m in a heat of the team event.   The cancellation of the 1916 Games undoubtedly prevented Kölehmainen from winning more Olympic honours at track events. However, he turned to the roads, having run his first marathon in 1907. Kölehmainen finished 4th in the 1917 Boston Marathon, and in 1920 at Antwerp, he won the gold medal in the marathon. He later set world records over both 25km and 30km.   At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Kölehmainen was chosen to light the Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, after receiving the Olympic Flame from Paavo Nurmi, who carried the flame into the stadium.
  • India Dominates Hockey | Video

    India Dominates Hockey

    India prevail in men's hockey at the Summer Olympics in Finland, Australia, Japan and the USSR. India win consecutive gold medals from 1928 to 1956 and then regain supremacy in 1964. After twenty six years off the top of the podium, India play Spain in the men's hockey final in Moscow and win 4-3. Hockey Men - Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics, Melbourne 1956 Summer Olympics, Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics, Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Wagner and Paul prove the perfect match | Video

    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.
  • Legendary hockey star Balbir Singh takes you back... to 1948! | Video

    Legendary hockey star Balbir Singh takes you back... to 1948!

    In our latest in our series of exclusive video interviews with Olympic greats, Balbir Singh who won three men’s hockey titles with India in 1948, 1952 and 1956 and who is widely regarded as the sport’s greatest ever centre-forward, relives his first gold medal, clinched against the hosts at Wembley Stadium.
  • Williams aims for gold | Video

    Williams aims for gold

    At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 27-year-old skeleton racer Amy Williams was hoping to become the first British woman to win an individual Olympic gold since figure skater Jeanette Altwegg in 1952. Was she able to keep her nerve?
  • USA ice hockey team | Video

    USA ice hockey team

    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.
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