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FIK]LE - In this Oct. 12, 1968, file photo, Mexican hurdler Enriqueta Basilio, the first woman to make the final run of the torch and to light the Olympic flame, carries the Olympic torch up the 90 steps to the Olympic flame cauldron in the Olympic Stadium during opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Mexico City. (AP Photo/File)

1968 Mexico City Games marked by protest, falling records

Aug. 6, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

The 1968 Olympics could not escape the turmoil of their times. A gold medal gymnast silently rebelled against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Apartheid South Africa was disinvited in order to quell a threatened boycott. And two American sprinters raised their fists in a poignant and powerful show of...

In this Nov. 2022 photo, crowds fill the Olympic Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia, during the Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

1956 Melbourne Olympics: 1st Games in southern hemisphere

Aug. 3, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

The Melbourne Olympics were already quite unique before they started. They were the first games held in the southern hemisphere, and ran from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 to take in the Australian summer. And because of Australia’s strict quarantine regulations for animals, the equestrian events were held in...

FILE - This July 29, 1948 file photo, showing the opening ceremony of the 1948 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium, in London, England. London was still cleaning up bombing damage from World War II when it staged the Olympics in 1948. Britain was also struggling financially; food, clothing and gas were still being rationed. The athletes had to bring their own towels and, with housing in short supply, were accommodated in schools and Royal Air Force camps. The games were organized in less than two years, and despite the tiny budget it was a success, its legacies including greater sporting opportunities for women. (AP Photo, File )

Austerity Games of 1948 revive Olympic spirit after WWII

Aug. 1, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

After the controversial 1936 Berlin Games, it was important to believers in the Olympics that the first games after World War II be held without political and racial propaganda. Who better to host them then than the British, sticklers for fair play and ‘amateurism?’ Besides, the British said they...

FILE - In this 1920 file photo, Charles (Charley) Paddock, second from right, of the USA wins the 100 meters final with his famous

Planning for Olympics in a pandemic has echoes of 1920 Games

Jul. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Olympic athletes competing for gold medals in a world reeling from a pandemic? It won't be the first time. A century before the Tokyo Games were postponed because of coronavirus, the Olympics were held in the Belgian city of Antwerp following the Spanish flu pandemic. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1920, file photo, the Olympics are held at the Antwerp Stadium, showing the U.S. contingent leading all the athletes in the procession around the field on, after which they proceeded to lead all competition in the athletic events. (AP Photo/File)

AP WAS THERE: 1920 Olympics

Jul. 27, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of the Summer Games. This story was published in the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger newspaper on August 23, 1920. The story is published as it appears in the...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 1920, file photo, the Olympics are held at the Antwerp Stadium, showing the U.S. contingent leading all the athletes in the procession around the field on, after which they proceeded to lead all competition in the athletic events. (AP Photo/File)

Antwerp 1920 Olympics haunted by war and flu pandemic

Jul. 27, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

When the Olympic Games resumed after World War I, the event was not designed to escape the horrors of war. The Anwtwerp Games were used to remember. Belgium hosted after being a battleground two years before. Many athletes were veterans. The opening ceremony celebrated military might as much as peace. On their...

FILE - In this is undated file photo,  Jim Thorpe poses in a baseball uniform. Thorpe was on top of the world after winning gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics with mind-blowing performances that went unmatched for decades. They so impressed the King of Sweden that he told Thorpe he was

Thorpe's scandal-tainted 1912 golds still resonate, amaze

Jul. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — It has been described as the first major international sports scandal, and still resonates more than a century later. Jim Thorpe, a Native American who seemed to excel at every sport he tried, was seen as one of the world's top athletes after winning gold medals in the decathlon...

FILE - This 1900 file photo shows the eastern part of a busy boulevard in Paris, France in the year 1900. No opening ceremony. No closing ceremony. And many of the athletes at the 1900 Paris Games had no idea they even competed at the Olympics. But the second edition of the Olympics had female athletes competing for the first time. (AP Photo/File)

AP WAS THERE: 1900 Paris Olympics

Jul. 23, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on July 17, 1900. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper, including errors and...