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  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Piot leads French fencing charge

    At the 1932 Olympic Games, the need for discipline and fair play among the participants in the fencing competitions was even more acute than usual, due to a notable lack of experienced judges. As the Official Report comments, with the majority of people qualified to adjudicate being based in Europe, of those who had travelled to Los Angeles, most were competitors.
    07 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Zabala claims epic marathon triumph

    In the Official Report of the 1932 Games, there is a grainy photograph showing the runners at the start of the marathon. Leading from the front is a 20-year old called Juan Carlos Zabala. Just over two and a half hours later, he became the youngest man to ever win an Olympic marathon.
    07 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Nambu leaps into the record books

    The 1932 Olympic Games were a stellar event for many sports but in particular athletics, which saw a remarkable 20 new Olympic or world records set.
    04 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Japan, Olympic News, Athletics
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Pavesi crowned king of the road

    If the columnist of Pennsylvania newspaper The News-Herald is to be believed, Italian cyclist Attilio Pavesi came well prepared for the 100km road race.
    04 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Golden cyclone Didrikson takes LA by storm

    The Olympic Games have always thrown up performers who have excelled at multiple disciplines, but there have been few all-rounders as precocious as Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson.
    04 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Cycling ace Gray swaps sickbed for podium

    In late July 1932, Edgar Laurence "Dunc" Gray lay in a California hospital bed suffering from the debilitating effects of influenza. A week later, he was an Olympic champion and world record holder. Even the most imaginative Hollywood scriptwriter would have done well to concoct such an unlikely narrative.
    01 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Fast Eddie Tolan claims double sprint gold

    If one were asked to draw a template of an Olympic sprinter, it is unlikely that the end result would bear much – if any – resemblance to Eddie Tolan.
    01 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    The greatest show on earth

    On a gloriously sunny day, an expectant crowd of 100,000 gathered in the revamped Olym-pic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony, the scale and quality of the arena impressing all who were present.
    30 Jul 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Los Angeles lifts the global gloom

    When the 1932 Olympic Games were officially awarded to Los Angeles nine years earlier, little did anyone know the state the world would be in once they came around. In 1929, a Wall Street stock market crash heralded a global economic depression that bore a devastat-ing effect on countries around the world.
    30 Jul 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
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