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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Fencer Mangiarotti continues incredible medal streak

    It would be hard, if not impossible, to find a fencer who could match the achievements of Edoardo Mangiarotti? The Italian legend was 33 years old when he arrived in Helsinki. By that stage, he had already been an Olympian for half of his life, having made his debut as a teenager at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
    03 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Fencing, Italy, Olympic News
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Puskás inspires Magical Magyars to football gold

    Today, football enjoys such comprehensive and global coverage, with every aspect of the game scrutinised and analysed in detail, that it is hard to believe there was a time when a team could take the world by surprise. But that is exactly what happened in 1952, when Hungary’s “Golden Team” bamboozled opponents and dazzled the watching world.
    02 Aug 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Football, Hungary
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Boiteux earns gold and a watery embrace from his father

    One of the most memorable moments of Helsinki 1952 was France’s Jean Boiteux winning gold in the men’s 400m freestyle. No sooner had the race ended when a man wearing a beret jumped into the water to embrace the champion. Nobody knew who this jubilant intruder was. The beret suggested they must have been French, but was he a fan, a member of the team, or maybe a relative?
    30 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, BOITEUX, Jean, Olympic News, Swimming, France
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Dressage silver for inspirational trailblazer Hartel

    Helsinki 1952 were the first Games at which dressage truly opened up to the world. Previously, it had been the preserve of military officers, but was now opened up to non-commissioned officers and even to civilians. Most notably of all was the presence of four women among the entrants, immediately transforming dressage from one of the most exclusive disciplines to one of the more inclusive.
    29 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Equestrian / Dressage, HARTEL, Lis, Denmark
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Civilian Hall wins modern pentathlon gold

    Like dressage, modern pentathlon threw open its doors to civilian competitors in Helsinki.
    25 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Modern Pentathlon, HALL, Lars, Sweden
  • News | London 1948

    Sweden were Olympic champions and Nordahl was a world star

    Football was increasingly a professional sport, which meant many of the best players from Western Europe and South America were denied places in the Olympic tournament. Among the teams fancied to do well, though, was Sweden, which included three brothers in their squad. These were Bertil, Gunnar and Knud Nordahl, a mechanic, fireman and policeman, respectively. It wouldn't be long before all three changed their status to professional footballers, but for the moment their focus was on Olympic success.
    30 Jul 1948 | London 1948, Sweden, Football
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