Kitei Son and Spiridon Louis – Political Dimensions of the 1936 Marathon in Berlin

On the 15th of November 2002 the Olympic marathon champion of 1936, Kitei SON, died in Korea at the age of […]

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“No Excuses” – American Hurdler Glenn Davis

In the hot, dry summer of 1952, Barberton, Ohio, revealed itself to an orphaned boy as a tough, honest city; a show-me place where […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 25/No. 1 – 2017

  Our Journal to mark the 25th anniversary of ISOH features the story of two strong women. The first, Barbara Rotraut Pleyer, went into history as the “Peace Angel”. Her failed attempt to combine the opening of the 1952 Games with an appeal for peace, prompted the IOC to explicitly forbid any form of demonstration […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 24/No. 3 – 2016

  The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were my eighteenth. I witnessed exciting competitions from superb athletes. In this issue I consider which of the moments from Rio will stand the test of time in Olympic history. For my part, I experienced a wonderful town, but there were also shadows which darkened the mood. […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 24/No. 2 – 2016

It is four years since we decided to produce the Journal of Olympic History in colour. Today it is scarcely possible to imagine it otherwise. The pleasing development of ISOH is reflected in the Journal which is now sent to 206 countries. That is especially thanks to our authors and the small team which takes […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 24/No. 1 – 2016

The significance of publicity need not be explained to anyone. 120 years ago at the Games of the First Olympiad that was completely different. That we have clear ideas of Athens 1896 is down to the German photographer Albert Meyer, whose pictures are published worldwide, mostly without people knowing who […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 23/No. 3 – 2015

When last autumn I asked former IOC Director Monique Berlioux if she could write about her experiences in Lausanne for the first 2015 edition of the Journal on the theme “100 Years of the Olympic Capital“ she hesitated and replied that she had to look after her husband, the journalist Serge Groussard, who was dependent […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 23/No. 2 – 2015

Since the last edition we have received a tremendous response with many compliments, which above all I would like to pass on to the authors of the articles. Some comments can be read in the “Letters to the Editor” section. This praise is without doubt strong motivation to continue to develop in the Journal in […]

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