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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Relay quartet make Jamaica proud

    Four years earlier in London Jamaica's 4x400m team had suffered a truly painful disappointment. They had set their sights on beating the mighty Americans and were on course to do so until Arthur Wint, running the third leg, pulled up with an injury and ended his country’s hopes.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Ruud makes astonishing return to win ski jumping silver

    St Moritz witnessed an astonishing performance from Birger Ruud. Ruud was already a legend of the sport, having won gold medals in the 1932 and 1936 Games, and since then he had retired from competition and turned to coaching.
    07 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Ski Jumping, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Local knowledge helps Bibbia win skeleton

    Italy’s Nino Bibbia first arrived in St Moritz at the age of three, when his father came to the area to sell fruit, and was to develop a long love affair with the place. 
    05 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Skeleton, Italy, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Los Angeles leaves a legacy

    On 14 August 1932, the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles – the scene of so many feats of sporting glory over the previous 15 days – filled to the rafters once more to witness the culmination of the 1932 Games. The crowds were treated to one final sporting showpiece, the equestrian Prix des Nations, before the pomp and circumstance of the Closing Ceremony began.
    14 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Nishi springs a last day surprise

    With the majority of the equestrian athletes travelling long distances to reach Los Angeles, the logistics of transporting their precious equine cargo in a safe and humane manner presented an additional dilemma.
    14 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Cycling ace Gray swaps sickbed for podium

    In late July 1932, Edgar Laurence "Dunc" Gray lay in a California hospital bed suffering from the debilitating effects of influenza. A week later, he was an Olympic champion and world record holder. Even the most imaginative Hollywood scriptwriter would have done well to concoct such an unlikely narrative.
    01 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Los Angeles lifts the global gloom

    When the 1932 Olympic Games were officially awarded to Los Angeles nine years earlier, little did anyone know the state the world would be in once they came around. In 1929, a Wall Street stock market crash heralded a global economic depression that bore a devastat-ing effect on countries around the world.
    30 Jul 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | London 1908

    Halswelle wins controversial 400m gold

    Wyndham Halswelle could reasonably have expected to mount a strong challenge in London after finishing second in the Intercalated Games two years previously, but few could have foreseen the manner in which he won his only gold medal in front of his home crowd.
    23 Jul 1908 | London 1908
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