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  • News | Munich 1972

    Gary Hall Sr, the three-time Olympian whose roommate put him in the shade

    Gary Hall Senior won medals at three Olympic Games and held numerous world records, but on one late-August day in 1972, it was Hall’s friend, clubmate and fellow competitor, Mark Spitz, who set the sporting world alight, as Hall explains…
    16 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Swimming, United States of America, Munich 1972
  • News | Lake Placid 1932

    On 15 February 1932, Eddie Eagan became the first and only person to win gold at the Summer and Winter Games

    As a pusher in the four-man bobsleigh team spearheaded by pilot Billy Fiske, Edward Eagan won the gold medal with the USA I team in the final event of the Lake Placid 1932 Winter Games. Twelve years earlier, as a boxer, he had been crowned Olympic champion in the light heavyweight competition at Antwerp 1920. Today marks the anniversary of one man’s extraordinary achievement.
    15 Feb 2020 | Olympic News, Bobsleigh, Lake Placid 1932
  • 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 | Paris 1924

    When Tarzan struck gold at the Games: the legend of Johnny Weissmuller

    Ninety-five years ago in Paris, in the space of two days – 18 and 20 July 1924 – Johnny Weissmuller was crowned Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle, the 100m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay with the USA. He also played as a centre forward in the US team that took bronze in the water polo tournament. After winning two more golds four years later in Amsterdam (100m and 4x200m), he embarked on a career change that would see him demonstrate his swimming talents in a slightly different way…
    20 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Paris 1924, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Olympic News

    Olympic values: Q&A with titanic rowing pair Redgrave & Pinsent

    Great Britain’s Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent won a mind-blowing nine Olympic gold medals between them, dominating rowing from Los Angeles in 1984 to Athens in 2004. Here, in the first of a new series featuring stars past and present analysing the enduring magic of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, the titanic duo reveal how the Games have defined their lives.
    16 Jun 2019 | Olympic News, Great Britain, Rowing
  • 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 | 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
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