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  • Summer Games Mexico 1968 Medal

    Summer Games Mexico 1968 Medal

    On the obverse, the traditional goddess of victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right. A design used since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam, created by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli (ITA - 1865-1942) and chosen after a competition organised by the International Olympic Committee in 1921. For these Games, the figure of victory is accompanied by the specific inscription: “XIX OLIMPIADA MEXICO 1968”. On the reverse, an Olympic champion carried in triumph by the crowd, with the Olympic stadium in the background.
    Saturday, October 12, 1968 1:30 PM | Photo
  • Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    For the first time in Olympic history, the flame was transported through water by a swimmer. Mexico’s Eduardo Moreno had the honour of carrying the flame for this part of the Relay ©United Press International
    Sunday, January 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Photo
  • Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Enriqueta Basilio Sotelo climbs the stairs with the Olympic flame ©IOC
    Sunday, January 10, 2010 12:22 PM | Photo
  • Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Opening Ceremony Mexico 1968

    Mexican athlete Enriqueta Basilio Sotelo, the first woman to light the Olympic cauldron, climbs the stairs with the Torch ©IOC
    Sunday, January 10, 2010 12:20 PM | Photo
  • Winner’s medal London 1948

    Winner’s medal London 1948

    The obverse of the medal designed by Cassioli features a depiction of the goddess Nike (Victoria) holding a winner’s crown in her right hand. On her right, there is the inscription “XIVth / Olympiad / London / 1948” and a reproduction of the Colosseum in Rome. Unlike the reverse of the medal, this obverse would continue to be used after the 1968 Games in Mexico City ©IOC
    Monday, January 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Photo
  • Lucky dollar

    Lucky dollar

    Just before the Seoul 1988 competitions, Pierre Durand was given a lucky dollar bill by Bill Steinkraus, Olympic show jumping champion at the Mexico City Games in 1968. This dollar bill was handed over 16 years later to Rodrigo Pessoa, who became Olympic champion in Athens in 2004. This “lucky dollar” was given to The Olympic Museum in 2006. Copyright : CIO
    Sunday, December 31, 1899 11:00 PM | Photo
  • 70 Mark Spitz USA action

    70 Mark Spitz USA action

    1972: Mark Spitz of the USA in action at the 1972 Olympics Games in Munich, Germany. Spitz achieved medal winning fame at these Munich Games where he won seven golds, the highest any Olympic Competitor has won for any sport at single Games. He took both freestyle sprint titles together with the butterfly stroke at these distances, with the others medals in sprints and relays. He set world records on 26 occasions in individual events and was expected to win at least six golds at Mexico in 1968, but after a few defeats his confidence was shattered and he took only siver and bronze from an exhausting programme. Twenty years on, he tried to recapture his youth by challenging for a place in the American Olympic team in Barcelona, but was unable to cope with the new high standards. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/Allsport
    Friday, December 31, 1971 11:00 PM | Photo
  • Diving - 10m Platform Men

    Diving - 10m Platform Men

    Klaus Dibiasi of Italy after winning Gold in the Diving - Men’s 10m Platform during the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games at Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool on October 24, 1968 in Ciudad de México, Mexico.
    Thursday, October 24, 1968 2:00 PM | Photo
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