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  • News | Antwerp 1920

    The legend of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing and double Olympic champion in Antwerp

    At the Antwerp 1920 Games, Hawaiian champion Duke Kahanamoku became the first swimmer to win the Olympic 100m freestyle twice in a row. This came after his first title eight years earlier in Stockholm. He went on to claim a silver medal in the event at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, and is also known and honoured throughout the world as the man who popularised the sport of surfing.
    11 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Swimming, KAHANAMOKU, Duke, United States of America, Antwerp 1920, Paris 1924, Stockholm 1912
  • News | Olympic News

    John B. Kelly Sr: a historic achievement in Antwerp, and a legendary dynasty

    John Brendan (known as “Jack”) Kelly Sr achieved a unique feat on the Willebroeck Canal in Brussels in 1920 during the Games of the VII Olympiad: In half an hour, he took first place in the single sculls, and then first place again in the double sculls with his cousin, Paul Costello. Originally a bricklayer, he gained another title in 1924 in Paris and went on to make a fortune in construction. He was father to John B. Kelly Jr, also an Olympic medallist in rowing, and Grace Kelly, the famous American actress who became Princess of Monaco.
    07 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Rowing
  • News | Olympic News

    The remarkable story of the Athletes’ Parade

    As everyone knows, the Olympic Games opening ceremonies begin with the joyous parade of athletes marching behind their flag-bearers. We see them again in an emotional reunion at the closing ceremonies. But did you know how it all began, and why all the participants come together as one at the end of the Games? Let’s go back in time 110 years.
    01 Sep 2020 | Olympic News, IOC News, London 1908, Lake Placid 1932, Melbourne / Stockholm 1956, London 2012, RIO 2016, PyeongChang 2018
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