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  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Durack puts women’s swimming on the Olympic map

    The 1912 Games were a groundbreaking edition for female Olympians. For the first time, swimming competitions for women were included – with 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle races on the programme.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Hands-on Taipale wins double discus gold

    Olympic debutant Armas Taipale was another outstanding Finnish athlete to prosper in Stockholm, winning two gold medals in the discus events.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Braglia bounces back to deliver another golden gymnastics display

    Alberto Braglia arrived in Stockholm as an Olympic champion, having won the individual all-around gymnastics event in London four years previously. He had been an outstanding gymnast since his youth – and had taught himself many of the required movements in his parents’ barn.
    11 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, BRAGLIA, Alberto
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Bathe in glory

    Few Olympians have been as appropriately named as Walter Bathe. Born in what is now Poland, the German began swimming at the age of eight to build up his constitution. He became a member of the ASV Wroclaw club and, by 1912, was performing at a high enough standard to represent Germany at the Olympic Games.Bathe was a breaststroke specialist, who had twice broken the world record over 100m in 1910. But in Stockholm he was entered into the 200m and 400m events.
    10 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Magnificent Lewis takes the road to glory

    Cycling had a limited presence at Stockholm 1912, and almost did not appear on the schedule at all. In fact, this was the only time in the Games’ history that didn’t feature track cycling, with the sole event being a road race that took place around Lake Malaren, Sweden’s third largest lake, on 7 July.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Thorpe conquers all to become first great all-round Olympian

    Jim Thorpe is now widely acknowledged as one of the most talented all-round athletes of the 20th century. His successes in Stockholm were clouded in controversy for many years, but they can now be enjoyed for the superb pieces of sporting achievement that they were.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Kolehmainen crowned king of the track

    No track athlete had a better record at the 1912 Games than the Finn Hannes Kolehmainen, who took home three gold medals and set the same number of Olympic records. He could claim to be the first great distance runner of the Olympic Games, winning the 5,000m, 10,000m and individual cross country events in thrilling fashion – while also taking a silver in the team cross country discipline, which was effectively decided by aggregating the results achieved by a country’s competitors in the individual race.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Speed merchant Craig claims sprint double

    The Detroit-born athlete, Ralph Craig, was originally a hurdling specialist, but in Stockholm he showed his sprinting aptitude to devastating effect.
    06 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Stockholm shows its sunny side during Opening Ceremony

    The Opening Ceremony took place on 6 July. The attendance was given as 13,653, and the crowd witnessed a superb spectacle. “Stockholm was in its most festive dress,” reads the Official Report. “The sun shone from a cloudless sky and lent its radiance to the thousand flags of the competing nations, as the colours, fraternally mingled, swayed and flaunted over the crowded streets.”
    06 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
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