Six Olympic games that people always remember

 

What makes olympic games unforgettable?


Olympic games history denotes more than sports. Olympic games have left mark in history because of different facts that have been remarkable for Humanity history. Keep reading and find out about five olympic games that people will never forget.

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  2. AMSTERDAM 1928: The countries banned because of World War I. Greece opened the parade of delegations as the organizer of the first Games and the host had closed it. Athletes from 28 countries (including, on this occasion, Asian countries) won gold medals.
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  4. It had been a record that stretched back to Mexico City '68. Women competed, for the first time, in athletics and gymnastics and set world records in all events. The United States had won the Olympic games with 22 gold medals and Germany comes second with 10. The stars are Canadian Percy Williams, who wins the 100 and 200 meters, and Johnny Weismüller, with two gold medals.
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  6. There were 3,014 athletes (2,724 men and 290 women) from 46 countries competing in 109 events. Prince Olav V of Norway becomes the first royal to win a medal as part of the yacht Norma (6-meter class). In addition, Italy's Luigina Giavotti became the youngest female medalist in history by winning a silver medal in gymnastics, at only 11 years and 302 days old.
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  8. HELSINKI 1952: For many people, they are the best Olympic Games in history because of the degree of intimacy: 4,925 athletes (4,407 men and 518 women) from 69 countries competed in 149 events. Argentina had won, for the last time in 52 years, a gold medal with rowing. Eduardo Guerrero and Tranquilo Capozzo win in the double pair.
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  10. At 55, Paavo Nürmi entered the Olympic Stadium with the torch and hands it to his compatriot Hannes Kölehmainen, 62, who lights the cauldron. On the other hand, Czechoslovakia's Emil Zatopek was the great figure of the Games.
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  12. Also known as the "Human Locomotive", he became the only person in the history of the Games to win the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and the marathon (he ran it for the first time) at the same Olympic Games.
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  14. Also, Zatopek's wife, Dana, won the javelin throw. The Soviet Union participated for the first time and its athletes stay in a separate village from the rest of the athletes to avoid problems with the Americans. The Soviet women easily won the team gymnastics.
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  16. Lars Hall, a Swedish carpenter, became the first non-military athlete to win the modern pentathlon. In 1924, rower Bill Havens had been unable to participate in the event because his wife was about to give birth to their first child.
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  18. Twenty-eight years later, that child, Frank Havens, won the gold medal in the Canadian 10,000-meter canoe race. Soviet gymnast Viktor Chukarin wins four gold medals and two silver medals. Among the women, Australia's Marjorie Jackson stands out, winning the 100 and 200 meters, setting new world records in both events.
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  20. TOKYO 1964: Yoshinori Sakai, a Japanese student born on August 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima, lights the Olympic flame that begins the first Olympic games organized in Asia.
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  22. The torch is carried by 100,933 runners passing through all the islands of Japan. Indonesia and North Korea had boycotted the event because South Africa was banned from participating. Japan organizes the Games with such technical detail that they are called the "Games of electronics".
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  24. They are a great success and cost $1.8 billion. Less than six weeks after having his appendix removed, Ethiopian Abebe Bikila wins his second consecutive marathon, this time in shoes, and becomes the first athlete to win this traditional event twice. Volleyball and judo are added to the Olympic program.
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  26. Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins the 100-meter freestyle for the third time, completing eight medals in her Olympic career, as does Russian rower Vyacheslav Ivanov in the single sculls. Hungary's Dezso Gyarmati wins his fifth consecutive gold medal in water polo.
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  28. His compatriot Imre Polyak won the same award in Greco-Roman wrestling, after finishing second in the three previous Olympic Games. On the other hand, soviet athlete Larisa Latynina becomes the top medal winner at the Olympic Games after winning two gold, two silver and two bronze medals and totaling 18 in her career (nine gold, five silver and four bronze).
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  30. She is also one of only four athletes to win a record nine gold medals. The fair play award began and Swedish sailors Lars Gunnar Kall and Stig Lennart Kall, who helped two competitors whose boat was sinking and gave up the victory in a race, win the award. There were 5,140 athletes (4,457 men and 683 women) from 93 countries competing in 163 events.
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  32. ATLANTA 1996: After a contentious battle with Athens for the host city, Atlanta hosted the Olympic games celebrating its 100th anniversary of the modern era. The United States had hosted the Olympic games for the fourth time.
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  34. Seventy-nine countries had won medals and 53 won at least one gold: both are record numbers. After losing a historic 3-2 final to Nigeria, Argentina wins the silver medal in soccer. At the age of 35, Carl Lewis is the fourth athlete to win the same individual event (long jump) in four consecutive Games and also becomes the fourth athlete to win nine gold medals, as did Paavo Nurmi, Mark Spitz and Larisa Latynina.
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  36. Moreover, cycling allowed professionals to participate and Spain's Miguel Indurain wins the gold medal in the time trial. The American Michael Johnson became the first man to win in the 200 and 400 meters. Frenchwoman Marie José Perec did the same among women, as did American Valery Brisco-Hooks years before, in Los Angeles 84.
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  38. Also, with 9s84, Canadian Donovan Bailey won the 100 meters and establishes a new world record. Once again, Sergei Bubka fails in pole vault. In addition, Aleksander Popov wins in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle in Swimming. Britain's Steve Redgrave won his fourth gold medal in rowing in as many Games.
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  40. Another standout was Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, who became the first in his sport to win three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic games. Former Olympic and world boxing champion Mohammad Ali lights the cauldron. 10,318 athletes from 197 countries participated, competing in 271 events, 15,108 journalists were accredited, and 47,466 volunteers collaborated.
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  42. BEIJING 2008: This Olympics Games Edition left many numbers for analysis. Beijing had very positive results in different areas, which are not only reflected in sports. 204 countries took part, the largest number in history. And 87 of them won at least one medal, which is another record.
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  44. Afghanistan, Mauritius, Tajikistan and Togo made it to the podium for the first time. Meanwhile, Bahrain, Mongolia and Panama win a gold medal for the first time. Beijing had left 43 world records and 132 new Olympic records. Among the most significant performances were those of Michael Phelps, Yelena Isinbayeva and Usain Bolt.
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  46. The American swimmer remains at the top of the world sport after winning eight gold medals and surpassing by one his compatriot Mark Spitz, who had won seven gold medals in Munich 1972. The Russian took gold in the pole vault after jumping 5.05 meters.
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  48. Moreover, the Jamaican phenomenon proved that it is possible to "fly" on the athletics track after winning the 100 meters with 9s69. The Water Cube, that imposing building that resembles a large fishbowl, is the scene of 87 swimming records: 25 world records and 62 Olympic records.
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  50. They are also considered to be the Games in which there is the greatest concern about doping, both before (training, concentrations) and during the participation of athletes. The number of medical examinations had increased, and, before the start of the competitions, 40 athletes tested positive and, consequently, were suspended.
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  52. Afterwards, during the Games, only four athletes do not pass the tests. For all this, and for one reason or another, Beijing remains in the memory because it is the Games of numbers.
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  54. LONDON 2012: For the third time the city of London hosted the Olympic Games. 204 National Olympic Committees participated, as they did 4 years earlier in Beijing 2008, bringing 10,490 athletes who participated in 26 sports that included 39 disciplines.
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  56. A total of 962 medals were up for grabs and the United States regained its power with a total of 10.4 medals: 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze. In London 2012, 84 new records were set, far fewer than the 175 recorded in Beijing.
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  58. But two outstanding figures shone once again: Michael Phelps won 22 medals to become the most successful athlete in the history of the Olympic Games.
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  60. The other shining figure was Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, who became the first to win gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay in two consecutive Olympic Game; moreover, with times of 9.63 seconds in the 100m and 19.32 in the 200m, his triumphs were very close to the world records and he managed to beat it in the 4x100m.


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