DateJuly 19 - August 3
Helsinki 1952
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On The Line
The inspiring story of the first woman to win an Olympic gold for Australia
Words of Olympians
Tamio “Tommy” Kono – from internment camp to Olympic Gold

About the Games

New Countries Join

Israel and the Soviet Union entered the Olympic Games for the first time, and fears that Cold War rivalries would lead to clashes proved unfounded. Particularly impressive were the Soviet women gymnasts who won the team competition easily, beginning a streak that would continue for 40 years until the Soviet Union broke up into separate republics.

Star Performer

Czech long-distance runner Emil Zátopek produced a brilliant display of running. He won the 5,000m, successfully defended his 10,000m title and then took his third gold medal in his first-ever marathon to complete a triple that remains unique in Olympic history.

Equestrian Becomes Mixed

A change in the rules for equestrian competitions allowed women not only to enter, but also to compete alongside men in mixed events. One of the first women to do so was Lis Hartel of Denmark. Paralysed below the knees, Hartel had to be helped on and off her horse. Despite this, she claimed silver in the equestrian dressage.


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Replays from
Helsinki 1952

Remigino edges nail-biting finish in 1952 100m final | Helsinki 1952

Helsinki 1952 | Olympic Games

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.

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.