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  • News | Lillehammer 1994

    Legacy of Lillehammer 1994 shines bright 25 years on

    When the southern Norwegian town of Lillehammer was chosen to host the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, some doubted the wisdom of the decision. On the one hand, Norway boasted a fine winter sports tradition. But on the other hand, it was also the smallest country in history to host a Winter Games. With a tiny population of just 23,000, questions were raised about whether such a small town, which prided itself on its “village atmosphere”, could sustain such a large-scale international event. 
    13 Feb 2019 | Olympic News, Lillehammer 1994, Legacy
  • News | Mexico 1968

    Snapped: images of Beamon’s extraordinary leap continue to inspire Manyonga

    The reigning long jump world champion, Luvo Manyonga, was born 23 years after Bob Beamon appeared to briefly defy the laws of gravity and leap to an astonishing 8.90 metres at the Olympic Games Mexico City 1968, but it has not stopped the young South African from devoting hours of study to the all-time great. 
    09 Nov 2018 | Olympic News, Athletics, Mexico 1968, BEAMON, Bob
  • News | Paris 1900

    Strange but true: long and high jump at Paris 1900 – on horseback!

    Equestrian sport made its Olympic debut in Paris in 1900. Among the five events contested at the Place de Breteuil arena – for the first and only time – were long and high jump competitions!
    03 Nov 2017 | Olympic News, Paris 1900, Equestrian, France, Italy, Belgium
  • News | RIO 2016

    Rio 2016 - Day 14: New triple for Bolt, Germany at the summit of women’s football

    Relive the superb Olympic day of Friday 19 August in Rio on olympic.org. Usain Bolt competed in his last race at the Games, the 4x100m relay, and achieved a new triple. Wins for Germany in the women’s football, Carolina Marín for Spain in badminton and Cheick Sallah Cissé in taekwondo for Côte d'Ivoire marked amazing firsts; Russia remained undefeated in synchronised swimming; while Mariana Pajón reigned supreme in BMX!
    19 Aug 2017 | RIO 2016, Olympic News
  • News | RIO 2016

    Sprint stars strut their stuff at Rio 2016

    In the men’s sprinting events in Rio, Usain Bolt claimed three more golds to cement his status as the greatest sprinter of all time while South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk broke a 17-year-old world record in the 400m. In the women’s competitions, Bolt’s compatriot Elaine Thompson took a sprint double in the 100m and 200m while Allyson Felix of the USA became the most decorated female athlete of all time.
    27 Oct 2016 | Olympic News, RIO 2016, Athletics
  • News | RIO 2016

    Bolt confirms status as greatest sprinter in history

    Usain Bolt’s Olympic career spanned 12 years – or if you want to look at it differently, a bit under six minutes – and during it he changed the art of sprinting and the way that sports fans around the world came to appreciate it. At Rio 2016 he cemented his status as the greatest sprinter of all time adding a further three Olympic titles to take his overall medal haul to nine.
    23 Sep 2016 | RIO 2016, Olympic News, Athletics, BOLT, Usain, Jamaica
  • News | RIO 2016

    Unbeatable Bolt signs off with third Rio Gold

    Jamaica successfully defended their 4x100m relay title with surprise challengers Japan taking silver. Usain Bolt finished his brilliant Olympic career with a sweep of the three sprint golds in Rio.
    19 Aug 2016 | RIO 2016, Olympic News, Athletics, BOLT, Usain, Jamaica
  • News | RIO 2016

    Blitzbokke ready to take Rio sevens by storm

    Nicknamed the Blitzbokke, South Africa’s rugby sevens team is one of the finest in the world. Currently ranked second behind Fiji, they will be eyeing a place on the podium at Rio 2016.
    04 Aug 2016 | RIO 2016, Olympic News, Rugby Sevens
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