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Gymnastics events were held outside (Before World War II, the gymnastics competitions were held outdoors. Since then with the exception of 1960, gymnastics have taken place indoors)
In 1960 they were held outdoors at the Baths of Caracalla.....................
Hadi Saei is an Iranian councilor and former taekwondo athlete who became the most successful Iranian athlete in Olympic history and the most titled champion in this sport by winning 9 world class titles (two Olympic titles in 2004 and 2008, two world championships titles, four world cup titles and one world Olympic qualification tournament).
Imposter at the 1972 Men's Marathon (American Frank Shorter, who was born in Munich, became the first from his country in 64 years to win the Olympic marathon. As Shorter was nearing the stadium, German student Norbert Sudhaus entered the stadium wearing a West German track uniform, joined the race and ran the last kilometre. Thinking he was the winner, the crowd began cheering him before officials realized the hoax and Sudhaus was escorted off the track by security. Arriving 35 seconds later, Shorter was perplexed to see someone ahead of him and to hear the boos and catcalls that were meant for Sudhaus)
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Frank Shorter on the podium...........................
This was the third time in Olympic history that an American had won the marathon (after Thomas Hicks 1904 and Johnny Hayes 1908) — and in none of those three instances did the winner enter the stadium first.
Calling it a night..........................
Gu Jun is a Chinese former badminton player.
Kerri Walsh Jennings & Misty May-Treanor (Kerri & Misty joined forces in 2001 and instantly became an unstoppable duo. They are widely regarded as the most dominant teammates in Beach Volleyball history. Beach volleyball officially became an Olympic sport in 1996, and in those six Games, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won half the gold medals — placing first in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Misty May-Treanor believes that an atmosphere in which both she and Kerri Walsh Jennings felt free to “make mistakes” was the key to one of the most successful partnerships of the modern Olympic age)
In 2016, in Rio, Kerri and new partner April Ross took home the Bronze Medal..................
Kerri, with new partner Brooke Sweat, failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
Lacrosse - The sport was a medal event at both St. Louis in 1904 and London 1908. Lacrosse later featured as a demonstration sport at Amsterdam 1928, Los Angeles 1932 and London 1948. ... "We hope we have an opportunity to join Los Angeles 2028, it's been in five Olympic Games," Scherr said.
I mentioned these in my post about the imposter at the marathon, here are those stories.....................
Men's Marathon's 2 most bizarre races (The winners of the 1904 and 1908 Men's Marathon weren't the first to cross the finish line)
The men's marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, United States, took place on August 30 of that year, over a distance of 24.85 miles. Thirty-two athletes representing four nations competed, but only 14 managed to finish the race, which proved to be a bizarre affair due to poor organization and officiating.............
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The men's marathon race of the 1908 Summer Olympics took place in London on 24 July 1908. Johnny Hayes won after Dorando Pietri was disqualified for having received assistance before the finish line. For the first time in an Olympic marathon, the distance was 26 mi 385 yd, which would become the standard distance in 1921. 75 competitors entered the race, of whom 55 from 16 nations started, with 27 from 11 nations finishing. NOCs could enter up to 12 athletes. The United States and South Africa each won their first Olympic marathon medals..........
The marathon at London 1908 was one of the strangest runs ever, with a series of bizarre incidents earning the race legendary status.The most unusual moments...
Olympic Pictograms (In 1964, at the Tokyo Olympics they began representing events in the Games through a set of intentional figures. Each event had its own pictogram, used all across the Olympics for promotion. These pictograms remain a significant part of how the Games communication. They are used on venue maps, programs and building walls, and as a result, they’re impossible to miss. As an international event, communication and language barriers are almost unavoidable. By using pictograms to represent each event, no matter a persons native tongue, that barrier breaks down. This year, the International Olympic Committee released a historical overview of the pictograms for the last fourteen Olympics)
Through the years...............
Full circle, Tokyo 2020, and they're animated.............................
and they were part of the Opening Ceremony.......................
In the span of less than five minutes, some very talented performers embody 50 Olympic disciplines from 41 sports via pictograms. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Op...
A stadium was built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. It was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator, by 144 AD and had a capacity of 50,000 seats. After the rise of Christianity in the 4th century it was largely abandoned. The stadium was excavated in 1869 and hosted the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875. After being refurbished, it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004. It is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. It is also the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place