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  • 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
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Szőke spearheads charge of Hungary's women in the pool

    With the Soviet Union making its Olympic debut, and German and Japanese athletes returning to the competition, the women’s swimming events at Helsinki 1952 were of an especially high calibre. But it was the Hungarians who remained the undisputed superpower.
    28 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952
  • News | London 1948

    Greta Andersen, one of the most versatile athletes swimming has known

    Greta Andersen's sporting origins were unusual. Her father, Carl, was a gymnast who had won a silver medal when representing Denmark in the 1906 Intermediary Games yet Greta's fame came in swimming, where she will go down as one of the most versatile athletes the sport has known.
    10 Aug 1948 | London 1948, Denmark, Swimming
  • News | St. Moritz 1948

    Sverre Farstad - Speed Skating

    Some athletes are born to their sport. They know from a young age where their skill lies, and work on that single sport. But others are gifted in multiple activities – allrounders who have the different challenge of knowing which sport should end up as the focus of their concentration.
    02 Feb 1948 | St. Moritz 1948, Speed Skating, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Teen tyro Kitamura strikes a blow for youth in the pool

    As sporting excuses go, it was certainly one of the more eccentric, but when American Olympic swimming coach Bob Kiphuth came to explain why his charges were unable to keep pace with their Japanese counterparts in Los Angeles, he appeared deadly serious.
    13 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
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