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FILE - In this July 19, 1996, file photo, American swimmer Janet Evans passes the Olympic flame to Muhammad Ali during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

A flame, a look, one of the Olympics' most powerful moments

Aug. 13, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — 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. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 1984, file photo, United States' Edwin Moses jumps a hurdle on his way to winning the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)

A red, white and blue Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984

Aug. 10, 2020 2:10 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. Here are some of the highlights of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. ___ The streak kept growing, something Edwin Moses was reminded of every time he...

FILE - In this July 18, 1976, file photo, Romania's Nadia Comaneci dismounts from the uneven parallel bars to score a perfect 10.00 in the women's gymnastics competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

In 1976, Comaneci's perfect 10s made her the perfect one

Aug. 8, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds interviewed Nadia Comaneci about her “perfect” performance at the Montreal Olympics and her...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 1960, file photo, the medalists in the women's 200-meter event, from left, bronze medalist Dorothy Hyman, of Great Britain; gold medalist Wilma Rudolph, of the United States, and silver medalist Jutta Heine, of Germany, pose with their medals at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Italy. The 1960 Rome Summer Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. These Games were the first televised in the United States, even if film of events had to be flown from Rome to New York where Jim McKay did the voice-overs the next day. (AP Photo/File)

Wilma Rudolph turns in triple gold performance in Rome Games

Aug. 4, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Wilma Rudolph's biggest challenge turned out not to be double pneumonia, scarlet fever or polio. Time wound up being the only obstacle the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics couldn't beat. “I think Wilma Rudolph, even though her career was short, I think you can make a...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 1960, file photo, the medalists in the women's 200-meter event, from left, bronze medalist Dorothy Hyman, of Great Britain; gold medalist Wilma Rudolph, of the United States, and silver medalist Jutta Heine, of Germany, pose with their medals at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Italy. The 1960 Rome Summer Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. These Games were the first televised in the United States, even if film of events had to be flown from Rome to New York where Jim McKay did the voice-overs the next day. (AP Photo/File)

AP WAS THERE: 1960 Rome Olympics

Aug. 4, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from Rome during the 1960 Olympics of Wilma Rudolph’s win in the 200 meters for her second of three...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1960, file photo, Cassius Clay, 18-year-old from Louisville, Ky., throws a right at Tony Madigan of Australia, left, during the light heavyweight boxing semi-finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome. The 1960 Rome Summer Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. These Games were the first televised in the United States (AP Photo/File)

TV, big names make 1960 Rome Games 1st modern Olympics

Aug. 4, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

Television - and gold medals - made a boxer named Cassius Clay and sprinter Wilma Rudolph household names. A glamorous setting for a larger pool of competitive nations. And lots of money spent on the Games. The 1960 Rome Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. They were the first Olympics...

FILE - In this July 21, 1952, file photo, members of the United States Olympic team holding their hats over their hearts as they pay tribute to Finland's President Juho K. Passikivi, march into Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic games in Helsinki, Finland. (United Press via AP, File)

1952 Helsinki: The Cold War comes to the Olympics

Aug. 2, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

The United States and the Soviet Union formed an uneasy pact to help turn back Nazi Germany during World War II. Less than a decade later, most global events were seen as part of the Cold War between the two super powers, including the Olympics. The Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland set a record for countries...

FILE - In this July 24, 1952, file photo, British athlete Christopher

AP WAS THERE: 1952 Helsinki Games

Aug. 2, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — 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 Sunday Star in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3 1952. The story, describing Czech Republic...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 1948 file photo, Fanny Blankers-Koen, right, of Holland crosses the finish line in 11.9 seconds to win the Women's 100-meter Dash Final in the Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium, Eng. Britain's D. G. Manley (691) is second, Australia's S. B. Strickland (668) third Canada's V. Myers , hidden by camera finishes fourth while teammate Pat Jones (679) finished fifth, and Jamaica's E. Thompson (702) finished sixth. 
Women were limited in what they could do at the 1948 London Olympics so it was ironic that the biggest personality was a mother of two. Fanny Blankers-Koen was 30, the oldest woman among the track and field entries and considered past her prime. But she won the 100 and 200 meters, the 80-meter hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay. She remains the only female track and field athlete to win four gold medals at a single Olympics. (AP Photo, File)

Fanny Blankers-Koen shattered myths at 1948 Olympics

Aug. 1, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

The biggest star of the 1948 Olympics was a 30-year-old mother of two who survived Nazi occupation and was thought to have missed her best chances at gold when two Olympics were canceled. Francina “Fanny” Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands easily plowed through the muddy, red cinder running track at...

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...