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  • News | Helsinki 1952

    The legend of the Hungarian Golden Team was born at the Helsinki Games in 1952

    The Hungarian football team who were Olympic champions in 1952 in Helsinki were known as the “Golden Team” who revolutionised the sport, introducing the notion of players playing in multiple positions and pioneering a new formation, which gave rise to what we call “total football”. Their dazzling rise to stardom on the pitches of Europe ended with an unexpected defeat in Bern in the FIFA World Cup final in 1954 against West Germany.
    15 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Helsinki 1952, Football, Hungary
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    12 July 1912: Fanny Durack becomes the first female Olympic swimming champion

    The first-ever women’s Olympic swimming event was the 100m freestyle, a competition that began on 8 July 1912, at the Olympic Games in Stockholm. Competing for Australasia, 22-year-old swimming sensation Fanny Durack, who had taken to the “Australian crawl” better than anyone, was in scintillating form, setting a world record in the heats and securing a comfortable victory in the final. In doing so, she claimed the first-ever women’s Olympic swimming gold medal and became Australia’s first female Olympic medallist.
    12 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, Stockholm 1912, Australia
  • News | London 1908

    Tennis galore in London in 1908

    For the first time, there were two tennis tournaments at the 1908 Games in London: the first on an indoor wooden court at the Queen's Club, from 6 to 11 May, and the second on the grass of Wimbledon exactly two months later, from 6 to 11 July, finishing today 111 years ago. While Major Ritchie occupied every step of the podium on both surfaces, and Arthur Gore won the men’s indoor singles and doubles titles, Dorothea Lambert Chambers added Olympic gold to an exceptional career on grass.
    11 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Tennis, London 1908
  • News | Women in Sport

    “Title IX”, or why the Americans have some of the best female football players in the world

    Over the last 30 years, the US women’s football team has amassed an impressive series of results in terms of world and Olympic titles. Behind this success lies Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which ensures women the same rights as men in terms of school and university sports programmes. Donna de Varona, an Olympic swimming champion and Chair of the Organising Committee for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, has been well placed to observe this evolution.
    07 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Football, United States of America, Women in Sport
  • News | YOG

    Life’s a beach at the YOG

    With all eyes on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg (Germany) happening right now, olympic.org looks back at some of the most memorable moments from the discipline’s two appearances at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
    06 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Beach Volleyball
  • News | YOG

    Golden touch: Women’s football at the YOG

    With the FIFA Women’s World Cup in full swing, olympic.org looks back at some of the most memorable moments from the women’s football events at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), including the ground-breaking futsal tournament at Buenos Aires 2018.
    05 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, YOG, Football, Futsal
  • News | IOC News

    IPACS steps up cooperation between criminal justice authorities and sports organisations

    The International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) decided during a meeting of its Steering Committee, held in Paris on 1 July 2019 and hosted by the French Presidency of the Council of Europe, to set up a new task force in order to increase the cooperation between criminal justice authorities/law enforcement and sport organisations. 
    02 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, IOC News, ipacs, Integrity
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