The Olympic rings in the water in Tokyo last month.

Olympic countdown resets for Tokyo and hopeful athletes

The Tokyo Games, postponed a year by the coronavirus pandemic, would have opened Friday.
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1:15pm

"Blood in the Water:" War in the 1956 Olympic pool

Quentin Tarantino called a documentary film about it "the best untold story ever." Even allowing for the famed director's Hollywood-spawned hyperbole, generations of sports fans…
Sports
1:00pm

AP WAS THERE: 1956 Melbourne Olympics "Blood in the Water"

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 Charleston News and Courier on Dec. 6, 1956, during the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. It was written by Murray Rose, an Associated Press sports writer and editor for 46 years who died in 1999 at the age of 84. Rose, who retired in 1979, was an integral part of the AP's Olympic staff and covered international sports on every continent except Antarctica. This story appears as it was published in the newspaper that day. Please note that the Russia player mentioned in the 6th paragraph was listed as V. Tropokov. The player was V. Prokopov.
Sports
12:55pm

BOYCOTT GAMES: Former US water polo star looks back on 1980

When the Tokyo Olympics was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Schnugg texted his niece, Maggie Steffens, to apologize. Schnugg had made plans to travel to Japan to watch Steffens try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team.
Sports
11:30am

USOPC opens books, gives more detail about sports funding

New financial reports from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee include unprecedented detail about money that goes to the sports organizations it oversees — a feature the federation is hoping will help followers decipher the U.S. Olympic system's often opaque accounting picture.
Sports
10:50am

1956 Melbourne Olympics: 1st Games in southern hemisphere

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…
Sports
August 2

1952 Helsinki: The Cold War comes to the Olympics

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…
Sports
August 2

AP WAS THERE: 1952 Helsinki Games

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 distance runner Emil Zatopek capturing gold at the 1952 Olympics in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters as well as the marathon is reprinted here as it ran using the contemporary style, terminology and including any published errors.
Sports
August 2

BOYCOTT GAMES: Fields harbors no anger despite missing '80

In the grand scheme of things, Benn Fields knows he's lucky. His career as an elite high jumper has taken him around the globe more than once — to Nigeria, Mexico, Guatemala, the Middle East, even Russia.
Sports
August 1

Fanny Blankers-Koen shattered myths at 1948 Olympics

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…
Sports
August 1

Austerity Games of 1948 revive Olympic spirit after WWII

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…
Sports
July 31

Fast friends: Unlikely ally aids Owens at '36 Berlin Games

from the chants of the German crowd to the glares of Adolf Hitler in a seat looking down.
Sports
July 31

AP WAS THERE: The 1936 Berlin Olympics

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 the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the day of the 200-meter dash. Jesse Owens won his third gold medal by beating Matthew (Mack) Robinson. Note the language to describe Owens and other Black athletes. The story by AP Sports Writer Alan Gould is reprinted here as it ran in The Los Angeles Times on Aug. 6, 1936, using the contemporary style.
Wolves
July 31

Black Americans star in front of Hitler at Berlin Olympics

The name of sprinter Mack Robinson may not be as well-known as Jesse Owens, the star of the 1936 Berlin Games.Robinson's not even the most…
Sports
July 30

AP WAS THERE: 1932 Los Angeles Olympics

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 Chattanooga News on Aug. 2, 1932. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper despite several punctuation errors. Note also the language to describe Eddie Tolan and Ralph Metcalfe, the first Black American sprinters to finish 1-2 in the 100-meters and Japan's Takayoshi Yoshioka.
Sports
July 30

Los Angeles' first Olympics set template for future Games

Even though the 1932 Summer Olympics were held during the Great Depression, Los Angeles first chance to host the Games still stand as a model…
Sports
July 29

AP Was There: 16-year-old American wins 1st women's 100 dash

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 Amsterdam during the 1928 Olympics on July 31, the day of the women's 100-meter dash, when Elizabeth Robinson of the United States became the first female athlete to win a gold medal in any Summer Games track event. The story, a look at all of that day's track highlights, is reprinted here as it ran in The Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press, using the contemporary style terminology and including any published errors.
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Sports
July 29

1928 Amsterdam: Women's track, gymnastics debut at Olympics

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 1928 Games in Amsterdam, the first time women were allowed to compete in gymnastics and athletics at an Olympics.
Sports
July 28

Nurmi set 2 Olympic records within an hour at 1924 Games

Less than an hour after setting an Olympic record in the 1,500-meter race at the 1924 Paris Games, Paavo Nurmi set an Olympic record in…
Sports
July 28

AP WAS THERE: 1924 Paris Olympics

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 from the Paris Games of 1924 was published in the Aberdeen American newspaper on July 9. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper despite several punctuation errors and one major error is the description of the 800-meter race. There was no Olympic runner in that race named Leon Stafford. But William Richardson attended Stanford University and at the time the AP put in schools or clubs and referred to that particular university as Leland Stanford. It is unclear who made the error. Note also the language to describe DeHart Hubbard. The American long jumper was the first Black athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
Sports
July 28

Paris Olympics in 1924 set stage for Hollywood endings

There was a soon-to-be Hollywood star in the pool, and a soon-to-be Hollywood ending on the track at the 1924 Paris Olympics.Johnny Weissmuller, the American…
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