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  • 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, Japan, Swimming
  • 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, France, Fencing
  • 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, Cycling, Italy
  • 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

    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 | Chamonix 1924

    Scherrer’s stroke of luck leads to Olympic success

    When Captain Eduard Scherrer, a native of Switzerland, the spiritual home of bobsleigh, entered a local raffle in the early 1920s, competing at the Olympic Games was probably not at the forefront of his mind. After winning a bobsleigh in the draw, however, he and his friends Alfred Neveu, Alfred Schläppi and Heinrich Schläppi, took it for runs in the surrounding icy countryside. Eventually they decided to enter the Swiss trials for the Chamonix Games, which they duly won.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Bobsleigh, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Haug excels in the shadow of Mont Blanc

    The word “legendary” is often bandied about in the sporting world without due merit, but it is entirely valid when applied to Nordic skier Thorleif Haug. The Norwegian’s impact can still be felt in his homeland today, where roads, ski runs and ski races are named after him, and where a bronze statue was erected in his honour in his native Drammen. He owes this revered status to his utter domination of the 50km and Nordic combined at Chamonix 1924, where he also demonstrated his versatility by finishing fourth in the ski jumping.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Switzerland land military patrol gold

    The “military patrol” competition which took place in Chamonix on 30 January 1924 can be regarded as a forerunner of the modern biathlon. The cross-country skiing and rifle shooting elements were similar, but the difference was that it also contained a “patrol” component, where four-man teams, which had to include one officer, embarked on a 30km ski race as a unit. At the conclusion of the race the teams – minus the officer – took part in a shooting contest in which 30-second time bonuses could be gained for every target hit.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Biathlon, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Larsen delivers medal bonanza for Norway

    Boasting six medals from two Olympic Games, Norwegian Roald Larsen is one of just five male speed skaters to have achieved such a feat. He also shares, with Rintje Ritsma, (NED) the distinction of appearing on six podiums without ever winning a gold medal. In Larsen’s case, the reason for this was the relentlessly impressive form of Finland’s Clas Thunberg, who, like Larson, secured five top-three finishes at Chamonix 1924.
    27 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Speed Skating, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Chamonix Games take shape

    Over the course of just one year, a variety of Olympic facilities were built along the banks of the Arve, the river that carves its way through Chamonix Valley. The circular Olympic rink, which would also serve as the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, had a 27,660m2 skating surface installed, featuring a racing track and a curling sheet, which required prior construction of a concrete flood wall to support the embankment that was preventing the river from bursting its banks. The water pipes were then modified so that a thin layer of water could be sprayed onto the icy surface.
    25 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Olympic News
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