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  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Williams races to double sprint success

    Percy Williams was the very antithesis of the modern day sprinter. While now the muscular, powerful, bulky speedsters prevail, Williams was slight and pale and looked anything but an Olympic champion in the waiting.
    28 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, Canada, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Oda jumps for joy

    When modern-day athletes occasionally lament a lack of training facilities they would do well to ponder the experiences of Japanese jumper Mikio Oda.
    27 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, Japan, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Hurdler Atkinson achieves redemption on the track

    Sportsmanship and chivalry have been ever present virtues since the modern Olympic movement started. The adage that says taking part outweighs the merits of winning was never more appropriate than when applied to the conduct of South African sprint hurdler George Weightman-Smith.
    17 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, South Africa, Athletics
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    St Moritz Games prove a resounding success

    The first St Moritz Games proved to be a huge success and, given the problems caused by the fluctuating weather, were remarkably well organised.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Closing Ceremony
  • 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 | Paris 1924

    Stenroos marks marathon comeback in style

    Few events conjured as much excitement during the formative years of the modern Olympic Games as the marathon.
    14 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, Finland
  • News | Paris 1924

    Houser throws his weight around to seal double gold

    There are some landmarks in the Olympic annals that the passage of time and the development of sport render a repeat almost unthinkable.  
    05 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Switzerland land military patrol gold

    The “military patrol” competition which took place in Chamonix on 30 January 1924 can be regarded as a forerunner of the modern biathlon. The cross-country skiing and rifle shooting elements were similar, but the difference was that it also contained a “patrol” component, where four-man teams, which had to include one officer, embarked on a 30km ski race as a unit. At the conclusion of the race the teams – minus the officer – took part in a shooting contest in which 30-second time bonuses could be gained for every target hit.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Biathlon, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Nordlander leads Swedish charge in the eventing

    In the resolution adopted at the Sorbonne Congress in Paris back in 1894 that paved the way for the launch of the modern Olympic Games, the inclusion of equestrian sports on the programme had been discussed, a motion which received the enthusiastic support of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
    17 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Inseparable Ahlgren and Bohling share wrestling gold

    Swedish wrestler Anders Ahlgren and his Finnish rival, Ivar Bohling, took joint honours in the Greco-Roman ‘Middle Weights B’ category (the light heavyweight category in modern parlance), after contesting one of the most remarkable showdowns ever seen at an Olympic Games.
    15 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
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