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  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Lord Burghley crowned king of the hurdles

    Although Lord Burghley is perhaps best remembered for a character and scene from the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, it is his outstanding hurdling that the record books will recognise most.
    19 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, Great Britain, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Barbuti overcomes elements to win double 400m gold

    American domination of the men’s quarter mile is as complete as almost any other Olympic event and Ray Barbuti was among the early pioneers in this astonishing run of success.
    18 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, United States of America, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Carr wins battle of Americans for pole vault gold

    The men’s pole vault at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam was less of a guessing game about which nation would provide the winner, more a matter of which American would claim the ultimate glory.
    17 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, United States of America, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Hurdler Atkinson achieves redemption on the track

    Sportsmanship and chivalry have been ever present virtues since the modern Olympic movement started. The adage that says taking part outweighs the merits of winning was never more appropriate than when applied to the conduct of South African sprint hurdler George Weightman-Smith.
    17 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, South Africa, Athletics
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Brunet and Joly open France’s gold medal account

    The pair skating competition at St Moritz 1928 took place on the morning of the final day of the Games, along with the last two ice hockey matches. Thirteen pairs representing ten nations took part, among them France’s Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet, who first teamed up a few months before Chamonix 1924, where they won bronze.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Figure Skating, France
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Skijoring’s solitary Olympic appearance

    Pierre de Coubertin was an interested spectator at the skijoring competitions organised as part of the Nordic Games he attended in the early years of the 20th century. Suitably impressed by what he saw, in 1901 he wrote an article for the Revue Olympique in which he advocated the inclusion of several winter sports on the Games programme and expressed a particular interest in skijoring, which eventually made its Olympic debut at St Moritz 1928, albeit as a demonstration sport.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Norway’s Henie reigns supreme on the ice

    Norway’s Sonja Henie was without doubt figure skating’s first major international star, having caused a sensation at Chamonix in 1924 by taking part in the women’s competition at the age of only 11, finishing eighth and last behind Austria’s Herma Szabo.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Figure Skating, Norway, HENIE, Sonja
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Canada in a league of their own

    The USA’s inability to raise a men’s ice hockey team for St Moritz 1928 meant they missed the competition for the first and only time in their history. Meanwhile, northern neighbours Canada were represented by graduates from the University of Toronto, who earned their ticket to the Games by winning the Allan Cup, the Canadian amateur championship.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Ice Hockey, Canada
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    St Moritz Games prove a resounding success

    The first St Moritz Games proved to be a huge success and, given the problems caused by the fluctuating weather, were remarkably well organised.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Closing Ceremony
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Grafström strikes triple figure skating gold

    The 34-year-old Swedish figure skater Gillis Grafström arrived in St Moritz as the two-time defending Olympic champion, having won gold in the event at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp and again at the first Winter Games in Chamonix four years later.
    19 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Sweden, Figure Skating
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