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  • 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
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Lord Burghley crowned king of the hurdles

    Although Lord Burghley is perhaps best remembered for a character and scene from the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, it is his outstanding hurdling that the record books will recognise most.
    19 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, Great Britain, Athletics
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Skijoring’s solitary Olympic appearance

    Pierre de Coubertin was an interested spectator at the skijoring competitions organised as part of the Nordic Games he attended in the early years of the 20th century. Suitably impressed by what he saw, in 1901 he wrote an article for the Revue Olympique in which he advocated the inclusion of several winter sports on the Games programme and expressed a particular interest in skijoring, which eventually made its Olympic debut at St Moritz 1928, albeit as a demonstration sport.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Defying the elements

    The Games were held in weather conditions that were unpredictable to say the least. The Opening Ceremony, held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 11 February 1928, took place in a blizzard. As the snow fell, 1,200 officials and participants paraded before the members of the IOC and the COS, with the assembled dignitaries including the President of the Swiss Confederation Edmund Schulthess and Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the prince consort of the Netherlands, who was representing Amsterdam, the host city of the Summer Games later that year.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Opening Ceremony
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    The first true Olympic Winter Games

    “Winter sports were included on the Olympic Charter in 1894 along with other sports, and I have worked tirelessly ever since to introduce them on the programme, albeit mindful of the material difficulties that need to be overcome in order to achieve that,” wrote Pierre de Coubertin, whose hard work finally came to fruition in the 1920s.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Winter Games given stamp of approval

    During the Closing Ceremony on 5 February 1924, IOC President Pierre de Coubertin took to the stage to deliver a memorable speech. “Winter sports have about them a certain purity, and that is why I was inclined to support and nurture them in this Olympic environment,” he stated.
    05 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Closing Ceremony, Olympic News
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