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  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Killy instinct delivers triple gold on the slopes

    When the Olympic Winter Games arrived in Grenoble, there was enormous expectation among the French public for a home hero. The obvious focus was Jean-Claude Killy, a charming and hugely talented 24-year-old who exuded confidence but who had to shoulder a huge burden of expectation.
    02 Oct 1968 | Olympic News, Grenoble 1968, Alpine Skiing, France, KILLY, Jean-Claude
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Speed skater Maier makes his mark over 5,000m

    Speed skater Fred Anton Maier was a very talented sportsman. He had skated his way to both a silver and bronze medal in the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck but his preparation for the Grenoble Games was not quite the utter dedication to the ice as you might expect.
    15 Feb 1968 | Olympic News, Grenoble 1968, Speed Skating, Norway, MAIER, Fred Anton
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Magnificent Magnar powers to biathlon gold

    It was no surprise that athletes from Norway and the Soviet Union were on top in the biathlon competitions, but there was a significant new rule – missing a target would now incur an athlete a one-minute penalty. It was a ruling that was to have a big impact on the competition in Grenoble.
    12 Feb 1968 | Grenoble 1968, Biathlon, Norway
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Fleming's golden flourish gives USA rare moment of cheer

    These were not good Games for athletes from the United States. A country that was used to great success won only one gold medal in Grenoble but it was, at least, a memorable one.
    10 Feb 1968 | Grenoble 1968, Figure Skating, United States of America
  • News | Grenoble 1968

    Raska and Belousov take ski jumping to new heights

    The ski jumping at Grenoble in 1968 was a story of two men – Jiri Raska and Vladimir Belousov. Raska was from Czechoslovakia and had come to prominence in the two years before the Grenoble Games; Belousov was a Russian competing in his first Games. Between them, they set new standards in their sport.
    06 Feb 1968 | Grenoble 1968, Ski Jumping
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Vyacheslav Ivanov - Rowing

    Russian rower Vyacheslav Ivanov had already done so much in his career. He had only taken up the sport at the age of 15, in 1953, but two years later he won the USSR Championships and a year after that he was on his way to the Olympic Games in Melbourne. At the age of just 18, he won gold, an achievement he repeated four years later in Rome.
    17 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Rowing, USSR, IVANOV, Vyacheslav
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Reluctant star Schollander becomes first four-gold winner

    In recent years, we have become accustomed to the idea of a swimmer winning multiple gold medals, but it wasn’t always recognised as such a possibility. In 1964, the American swimmer Don Schollander became the first Olympic athlete to win four gold medals at a single Games, a feat that was all the greater because the victories were accompanied by three world records and one Olympic record. And all this, despite missing out on his favourite event.
    14 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Insatiable Gyarmati claims one last water polo gold

    Do you ever get tired of winning medals? Probably not if you have the sort of competitive spirit that drives on so many Olympic athletes, and clearly not in the case of the Hungarian water polo player Dezso Gyarmati. In Tokyo, he won a medal for the fifth Games in a row, cementing a reputation that continues to this day of being one of the greatest water polo players in history.
    12 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Water Polo
  • News | Tokyo 1964

    Flawless Watanabe secures featherweight wrestling gold

    A home Games always puts greater pressure on athletes from the host nation. The pressure is even greater if this if their first experience of the Olympic environment; it is greater still when the debutant is expected to win. And so it was for Japanese freestyle wrestler Osamu Watanabe, the world champion in 1962 and an athlete renowned for his technical excellence and speed around the mat.
    01 Oct 1964 | Tokyo 1964, Wrestling Freestyle, Wrestling, Japan
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