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Antwerp
1920

DateApril 20 - September 12
CountryBelgium
Athletes2622
Teams29
Events156
Antwerp 1920
Opening Ceremony of the Antwerp (Belgium) Olympic Games, 1920
Highlights00:21
The legend of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing and double Olympic champion in Antwerp
Antwerp 1920
Who Is The Oldest Olympian Ever?
Originals04:58
"La Divine" Suzanne Lenglen lights up the Antwerp 1920 Games
Antwerp 1920
Ethelda Bleibtrey, the trailblazer for women’s swimming who was arrested due to her swimsuit
Antwerp 1920

About the Games

Hard Times

The 1916 Olympic Games were scheduled to be held in Berlin, but were cancelled due to World War I. The 1920 Games were awarded to Antwerp to honour the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during the war.

Opening Ceremony

During the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic flag, with the five rings signifying the universality of the Olympic Games and the union of the five continents, was raised for the first time at an Olympic Games, created by Baron de Coubertin. The Olympic oath was taken for the first time by an athlete on behalf of all competitors, and for the first time, doves were released as a symbol of peace.

Memorable Champions

In a performance unequalled in Olympic history, Nedo Nadi of Italy earned gold medals in five of the six fencing events. Ethelda Bleibtrey of the U.S. won gold medals in all three women’s swimming contests. Including preliminary heats, she swam in five races and broke the world record in every one.

Age No Barrier

Antwerp
1920

Featured Athletes

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United States of AmericaUnited States of America
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FranceFrance
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BelgiumBelgium
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1920

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