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  • News | Legacy

    The remarkable story of the Athletes’ Parade

    As everyone knows, the Olympic Games opening ceremonies begin with the joyous parade of athletes marching behind their flag-bearers. We see them again in an emotional reunion at the closing ceremonies. But did you know how it all began, and why all the participants come together as one at the end of the Games? Let’s go back in time 110 years.
    01 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Legacy
  • News | IOC News

    How Lausanne came to meet its Olympic destiny

    In 1915, there was nothing to suggest that Lausanne would become the epicentre of the sporting world. Today, the five interlocking rings welcome travellers as they arrive at the railway station – and this is by no means the only expression of the Olympic spirit in the city. While Lausanne, nestled on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, is now known internationally as the Olympic Capital, it owes this status to the resolve of a certain French baron who had fallen in love with the area, and to the terrible context of the First World War.
    11 Aug 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, Lausanne 2020
  • News | Lausanne 2020

    History maker: Georgeta Popescu on her Lausanne 2020 fairytale

    Olympic.org speaks to the women’s monobob athlete, who became the first-ever Romanian woman to win a Winter Games gold medal at the iconic Olympia Bob Run in St Moritz.
    15 Mar 2020 | Olympic News, Lausanne 2020, YOG, Monobob, Romania, Women in Sport
  • News | Vancouver 2010

    Vancouver 2010 ends in wild celebrations after Canadian ice hockey victory

    Sidney Crosby’s golden goal in overtime against the USA secured victory for Canada in the final of the men’s ice hockey, on the day of the Closing Ceremony at the Vancouver Winter Games. The win on 28 February 2010 sparked scenes of joy in the city and throughout the country.
    28 Feb 2020 | Olympic News, Vancouver 2010, Ice Hockey, Canada
  • 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 | Innsbruck 1964

    The unique achievement of sisters Marielle and Christine Goitschel at Innsbruck 1964

    On 3 February 1964 at the IX Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, the Goitschel sisters achieved something remarkable. After a Christine-Marielle one-two finish in the slalom, the two French skiers, born in 1944 and 1945 respectively, repeated the feat in the giant slalom, but in reverse order, with Marielle finishing ahead of Christine. Other brothers and sisters have secured one-two finishes at the Winter Games, but never twice in a row. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of a remarkable piece of history.
    03 Feb 2020 | Olympic News, Innsbruck 1964, Alpine Skiing, France
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    26 January 1924: Charles Jewtraw was the inaugural winner at the Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix

    Today, we are celebrating the anniversary of the first gold medal given at the Olympic Winter Games on the morning of 26 January 1924 in Chamonix – for the 500m speed skating event, won against all expectations by the American from Lake Placid, Charles Jewtraw. Here is the first page in the record book containing the Olympic exploits accomplished over almost a century on the snow and ice.
    26 Jan 2020 | Olympic News, Chamonix 1924, Speed Skating, United States of America
  • News | Lausanne 2020

    A historic setting

    Olympic.org goes behind the scenes to see how the young athletes at the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020 are enjoying competing in St Moritz, Olympic host in 1928 and 1948 and home to a unique bobsleigh track and a frozen lake for skating.
    18 Jan 2020 | Olympic News, YOG, Lausanne 2020
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