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  • News | Sydney 2000

    Van den Hoogenband shines bright during halcyon days in the pool

    Pieter van den Hoogenband was part of a golden age in the pool when Australian Ian Thorpe was at his peak and an American teenager called Michael Phelps began to make his name – but the Dutchman still emerged with three Olympic titles.
    22 Mar 2019 | Olympic News, Sydney 2000, Swimming, Netherlands
  • News | Women in Sport

    Relive five of the most stunning performances by female YOG athletes

    Leading the way to mark the annual celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, olympic.org looks back at five of the most stunning performances by female athletes at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
    08 Mar 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Women in Sport
  • News | Munich 1972

    Snapped: Mark Spitz on his remarkable seven-in-seven at Munich 1972

    Tall, dark, goggle-less and, most crucially of all, moustached, Mark Spitz is one of the most instantly recognisable Olympic athletes of all time. At the Munich 1972 Games the swimmer won seven gold medals in a scarcely believable seven world-record times. According to the man himself, his legendary performances were not wholly unexpected, goggles are over-rated, and the moustache was key. 
    07 Feb 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, Munich 1972, SPITZ, Mark
  • News | Buenos Aires 2018

    Kolesnikov and Minakov in seventh heaven

    The Russian dynamic duo spearheaded their country’s domination of the pool at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, taking home seven medals each – six of them gold. Their performances at the YOG mark them out as athletes to watch at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. The same goes for the brilliant Hungarian Ajna Késely, who won three freestyle golds at the Olympic Park Swimming Centre.
    06 Nov 2018 | Olympic News, YOG, Buenos Aires 2018, Swimming
  • News | Beijing 2008

    Stars of Beijing 2008 – where are they now?

    Bolt. Messi. Phelps. Venus and Serena. Wiggins. Many of the top performers at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 are so internationally famous that you need only one name to recognise them these days. Back then, however, many of them were just starting out on their sporting journeys. We take a look at where the big-hitters of that amazing summer in China have ended up.
    16 Aug 2018 | Olympic News, Beijing 2008
  • News | Legacy

    Beijing builds on stadium success by adding to 2008’s architectural legacy

    The Olympic Games Beijing 2008 left the city with some of the best sports stadiums in the world, which will again come under the global spotlight at the Olympic Winter Games in 2022. Ten years on from the unforgettable Opening Ceremony in the ‘Bird’s Nest’, we look at how the venues are being reworked and how new developments will add to China’s reputation as a sporting capital.
    15 Aug 2018 | Olympic News, Beijing 2022, Beijing 2008, People's Republic of China, Legacy
  • News | Beijing 2008

    Moments that defined Beijing 2008

    From the record-breaking Michael Phelps and the trend-setting Usain Bolt to the heart-warming stories of China’s brave shooting star Du Li and Afghanistan’s remarkable Rohullah Nikpai, the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 had it all. 
    13 Aug 2018 | Olympic News, Beijing 2008
  • News | Beijing 2008

    Beijing 2008 celebrates 10-year anniversary

    On this day 10 years ago, 2,008 beating drums signalled the start of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 in front of thousands of Olympic fans and athletes in the Bird’s Nest National Stadium.
    08 Aug 2018 | Beijing 2008, Olympic News, Legacy
  • News | YOG

    Celebrating YOG skills

    As countries around the globe celebrate World Youth Skills Day on 15 July, olympic.org pays tribute to four of the most inspirational performances at the Youth Olympic Games.
    11 Jul 2018 | Olympic News, YOG
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