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  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Beekeeper Liaklev stings hardest in 5,000m speed skating

    Reidar Liaklev had been one of Norway’s best young skaters before the war. He had taken a bronze medal at the Norwegian junior championships in 1939, but didn't get to compete internationally for another eight years.
    31 Jan 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Speed Skating, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Helgesen prevails as 500m speed skating goes to the wire

    Sophisticated timing machinery was not yet part of the Olympic Winter Games, but don't be fooled into thinking that some of the races weren't incredibly closely fought. The speed skating 500m was a great case in point – the timing clocks were pushed to their limit by a contest that turned out to be one of the narrowest finishes in Winter Olympic history.
    31 Jan 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Speed Skating, Finland, Olympic News
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens immortalized by his fourth gold medal

    Controversially added to the team at the last minute, Jesse Owens lined up for the 4x100m relay with a chance to add an incredible fourth gold medal to his collection. Under typically difficult circumstances, what followed was just as typically extraordinary.
    09 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, United States of America
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens completes the hat-trick with 200m win

    Two events completed, two gold medals in the bag, Jesse Owens lined up for the 200m at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games on the verge of a very special achievement. In sublime form, full of confidence and with his major rival Ralph Metcalfe absent, the stage was set for an Olympic hat-trick.
    05 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, United States of America
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens jumps for gold

    Lodged between his 100m and 200m victories in the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games came the long jump, a competition during which Jesse Owens won something he came to value far more than his remarkable medal haul.
    04 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, United States of America
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens’ quest for glory started with 100m gold

    After a long and fraught process punctuated by calls for a full boycott, Jesse Owens joined 65 other USA track and field athletes on the boat to Berlin for the 1936 Olympic Games. Blessed by the ability to focus on what he did best, Owens lined up for his first event, the 100m. What followed was nine days of incomparable Olympic sport.
    03 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, United States of America
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