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  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Neri raises the bar

    Since the advent of the modern Olympic Games, Italian gymnasts had proved their pedigree, winning seven golds in the four editions between 1908 and 1924.
    10 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Record breaker Miyazaki makes a splash

    The Japanese swimming team arrived at the 1932 Olympics as genuine challengers to the all-conquering USA, who had stormed to six golds at the Amsterdam Games four years earlier.
    09 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Carr makes his name on the track

    At the turn of 1932, Bill Carr was a virtual unknown on the athletics circuit, having never won a competitive race.
    07 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • 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

    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

    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
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