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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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 23/No. 1 – 2015

This time we did not have to search too hard for a dominating theme, for we could hardly ignore this anniversary. On the10th April it will be exactly 100 years since the City of Lausanne declared itself ready to accept the IOC Archives into its stores. Philip Barker describes in chronological order the transition of […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 22/No. 3 – 2014

I have never had cause for complaint about a lack of articles in the last three years. On the contrary. Mostly what is offered greatly exceeds the limits, so that our authors have often to take their place in a queue. That it is not getting any shorter is because young scientists and students have […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 22/No. 2 – 2014

When we were discussing this edition back in March, Karl Lennartz and I agreed that we would take the ever present idea of “war and peace” as the central theme because this summer is the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Karl, who had been co-editor of this Journal, decided to write an article […]

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Journal of Olympic History – Vol. 22/No. 1 – 2014

The first edition of the Journal in 2014 has taken shape in the wake of the excellently organised Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, even though the wonderful experiences on the Black Sea coast have been clouded by subsequent events in the Ukraine. For that very reason it is worth recalling the opening speech by IOC […]

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