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  • News | Rome 1960

    Berrutti conquers nerves in 200m to become darling of Rome

    A home crowd can inspire any athlete. There are those who find themselves running a little faster, jumping just that bit higher, or throwing a few centimetres further as the positive energy of the crowd pushes them on.
    03 Sep 1960 | Rome 1960, Athletics, Italy
  • News | Squaw Valley 1960

    Squaw Valley 1960: How it all began

    Alexander Cushing, a landowner in Squaw Valley – an uninhabited valley overlooking Lake Tahoe and perched 1,900 metres above sea level in California’s Sierra Nevada and 300 kilometres east of San Francisco – dreamed of transforming the place into a world-class winter sports destination. His vision began to take shape when he built a lodge and then a ski lift in the middle of what was still an untamed landscape.
    18 Feb 1960 | Squaw Valley 1960, Olympic News, Opening Ceremony
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Versatile Chudina takes three medals from three events

    The Soviet Union's Aleksandra Chudina could lay claim to being the most versatile athlete in Helsinki. Indeed she was one of the most multi-talented athletes the world of sport has ever seen, achieving an international standard of competing not just in high jump, long jump and javelin, but also in speed skating, pentathlon and volleyball.
    27 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, USSR
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Decathlete Mathias defends the indefensible

    Winning the Olympic decathlon title is one of the most demanding challenges in sport. Defending the title has remained beyond the dreams of all but a tiny handful of athletes.
    26 Jul 1952 | Olympic News, Helsinki 1952, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Shotputter Zybina forges triumph out of tragedy

    There are those who are born to their sports, appearing destined for greatness from a young age. For others the road to the top is more circuitous. And then there are those, like the Soviet shotputter Galina Zybina, whose success seems completely astonishing.
    26 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, USSR
  • 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 | Helsinki 1952

    Zátopková inspired by feats of husband to win javelin gold

    One person who had particular cause for delight at Emil Zátopek’s three gold medals was his team-mate Dana Zátopková, who also happened to be his wife.
    24 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, Czechoslovakia
  • News | Helsinki 1952

    Romashkova leads Soviet sweep of the women's discus

    The Soviet Union would go on to become one of the world's sporting superpowers, but Helsinki 1952 represented its Olympic debut. From the off, it was clear that they would do well. While the Soviet flag may have been an unfamiliar one in Olympic terms many of the athletes who competed under it were already established stars.
    20 Jul 1952 | Helsinki 1952, Olympic News, Athletics, USSR
  • News | London 1948

    Three medals for Micheline Ostermeyer

    Of all the proving grounds for future Olympic stars, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris does not rank high. It is one of Europe's great academies for music and dance, and yet it did deliver one of the great performers of the 1948 Games.
    31 Jul 1948 | London 1948, France, Athletics
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