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Amsterdam
1928

DateMay 17 - August 12
CountryNetherlands
Athletes2883
Teams46
Events109
Amsterdam 1928
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About the Games

Symbolic Fire

For the first time, a symbolic fire was lit during the Games. The fire was lit in a cauldron that was placed at the top of a tower in the stadium, which had been designed by Jan Wils, a celebrated Dutch architect.

Olympic Firsts

At the Opening Ceremony, the team from Greece led the Parade of Nations, with the host Dutch team marching in last. Greece-first, hosts-last has been Olympic protocol ever since. The number of female competitors more than doubled, as women were finally allowed to compete in gymnastics and athletics, and Asian athletes won gold medals for the first time.

Winning Streaks Begin

The team from India swept to victory in field hockey. Between 1928 and 1956, India’s men would win six straight gold medals in this event. Another winning streak also began in 1928, when Hungary earned the first of seven consecutive gold medals in team sabre fencing.

Innocent Times

The actions of Australian rower Henry Pearce at Amsterdam have since become legend. He stopped midway through his quarter final to let a family of ducks pass, but still went on to win the race and eventually the gold medal.

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Featured Athletes

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Replays from
Amsterdam 1928

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Dutch win stirring gymnastics gold

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Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.