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  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Ninety-nine years ago, the Olympic flag was flown for the first time

    A symbol of new-found peace after the global conflict of 1914-1918 which had left Europe in ruins, the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp in 1920 were the setting for exploits by legendary champions, but also an opening ceremony that made its mark in the history of the great sports gathering imagined by Pierre de Coubertin. The Olympic flag was flown for the first time, and Belgium’s Victor Boin pronounced the first athletes’ oath.
    14 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920
  • News | Olympic News

    Olympic highs and lows made El Guerrouj the man he is today

    Hicham El Guerrouj believes his character was defined by his Olympic experiences, after he overcame crushing lows to realise his long-held dream of making his mark on Moroccan history by becoming a double Olympic champion.
    10 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Athletics, Morocco
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Paavo Nurmi seals record medal tally at Amsterdam 1928

    There have been a number of “Flying Finns” in the history of sport and the Olympic Games, but the greatest of all was Paavo Nurmi, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, which is still the record for athletics at the Games. He secured his ninth title in the 10,000m on 29 July 1928 in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, following an umpteenth titanic battle with compatriot Ville Ritola.
    29 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Amsterdam 1928, Athletics, NURMI, Paavo, Finland
  • News | Paris 2024

    Paris 1924: The Olympic Games come of age

    Paris will host the Olympic Games for the third time in 2024. To mark that milestone we look back at the two previous editions staged in the French capital.
    13 Sep 2017 | Paris 2024, Olympic News
  • News | LA 2028

    Los Angeles 1932: California welcomes the world

    Like London and Paris before it, Los Angeles will host the Olympic Summer Games for a third time in 2028. To mark that milestone we look back at the two previous editions the Californian metropolis has staged. Despite taking place against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Los Angeles 1932 proved to be a huge success and established a number of benchmarks that helped shape future editions of the Olympic Games.
    13 Sep 2017 | LA 2028, Olympic News
  • News | Olympic News

    A summer gold rush

    At Rome 1960, sprinter Wilma Rudolph became the first female to win three gold medals in a single edition of the Olympic Games. Here, we pay homage to her and some of the other multiple gold medal winners at the Olympic Games who have booked their places in the Olympic pantheon.
    30 Mar 2015 | Olympic News
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Zátopek completes incredible long-distance treble

    The Helsinki crowd knew all about fine distance running. Indeed, Finland's greatest runners, Paavo Nurmi and Hannes Kolehmainen, had combined to light the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, so it was perhaps fitting that another distance runner should be the star of these Games.
    30 May 2014 | Helsinki 1952
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