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  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Artistic Swimming: Russia Still Going Strong a Year Before the Games

    The 2019 World Championships in Gwangju once again demonstrated Russia's relentless dominance in artistic swimming. Led by the two Svetlanas — Kolesnichenko and Romashina — the squad won all nine events in which they competed, making them the sure favourite for the discipline's two gold medals (team and duet) at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
    18 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Russian Federation, Artistic Swimming, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Sweden's all-time top female swimmer Sarah Sjöström on the road to Tokyo 2020

    At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Sarah Sjöström became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming when she set a new world record in the 100m butterfly, with a time of 55.48 seconds. Will she be able to maintain her reign in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020? This question was answered after the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.
    16 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Sweden, Swimming, Tokyo 2020, On the road to Tokyo
  • News | YOG

    #YOGWatch: YOG athletes scale new heights in July

    Former Youth Olympic Games athletes continued to light up the world stage in July. Here, Olympic.org takes a look at some of the most eye-catching performers…
    15 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, YOG
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Ninety-nine years ago, the Olympic flag was flown for the first time

    A symbol of new-found peace after the global conflict of 1914-1918 which had left Europe in ruins, the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp in 1920 were the setting for exploits by legendary champions, but also an opening ceremony that made its mark in the history of the great sports gathering imagined by Pierre de Coubertin. The Olympic flag was flown for the first time, and Belgium’s Victor Boin pronounced the first athletes’ oath.
    14 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920
  • News | Beijing 2008

    ‘Miracle man’ Lezak reveals how he made Phelps’ record haul a reality

    Almost every major sports fan in the world knows swimmer Michael Phelps won a gasp-inducing eight Olympic gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Games, but far fewer will recall that the record-setting haul would never have happened without the super-human efforts of USA teammate Jason Lezak. Here, the relay specialist reflects on his role in one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history.
    11 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, United States of America, LEZAK, Jason
  • News | Olympic News

    Olympic highs and lows made El Guerrouj the man he is today

    Hicham El Guerrouj believes his character was defined by his Olympic experiences, after he overcame crushing lows to realise his long-held dream of making his mark on Moroccan history by becoming a double Olympic champion.
    10 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Athletics, Morocco
  • News | Olympic Channel

    Olympic Channel launches year-long docu-series “All Around”

    With just over a year to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Channel’s new original series All Around follows the personal journeys of three elite gymnasts in real time over the course of a year on their road to Tokyo.
    06 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Olympic Channel, Artistic Gymnastics, Tokyo 2020
  • News | YOG

    Marija Lozančić: ‘Answering a sporting SOS’

    One of the 81 Young Change-Makers (YCM) at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018, Marija Lozančić is now delivering sporting opportunities and increased social inclusion for children in Croatia as part of the IOC’s YCM programme.
    05 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Croatia
  • News | RIO 2016

    My Olympic Games: Heptathlete Nafi Thiam reflects on a remarkable Rio 2016

    Heptathlete Nafi Thiam travelled to Rio in 2016 as a precocious young talent; one likely to wow the watching world at a Games edition or two in the future. Sixteen days and five personal bests later, she left as an Olympic champion. The Belgian, who has since added the world and European crowns, believes she has her ingrained appetite for self-improvement, and her mum, to thank for such a startling rise to the top.
    03 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, RIO 2016, Belgium, Athletics
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