In the 1928 Olympic Games held in Amsterdam, a new tradition is born – the Olympic torch is set on fire for the first time. The torch relay race between the five continents, was added to that tradition in the 1932 Olympic Games.
Paavo Nurmi runs to the gold- During the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, Paavo Nurmi, the legendary Finnish runner wins 3 gold medals in cross-country running: 10,000m, cross country event, and the cross country team event.
Aladar Gerevich, the greatest Olympic swordsman ever- At the 1932 Olympic games in L.A, Aladar Gerevich (at the age of 22), the Hungarian fencer wins a gold medal. It was the first of 6 gold medals won by Gerevich in six consecutive Olympic games.
At the age of 15, Sonja Henie stunned the figure skating world, she won the gold medal In the 1928 winter Olympics. Henie was the first to combine into her performance modern choreography and designed costumes.
In Helsinki 1952 a new Olympic hero is born: Emil Zatopek, a Czech long-distance runner, wins 3 gold medals in 5,000m,10,000 m and the marathon. 1952 games were the first event in which Zatopek ran a marathon.
Sydney Olympic games: Inge de Bruijn makes a phenomenal comeback to the Olympic pool. She wins the gold in: 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, and sets new world records in each of those events.
Olympic Winter Games 1998: at the age of 15, young Tara Lipinski basically still a child, wins the gold medal in figure skating. Just a year before that Lipinski won the world figure skating championship.
Kelly Holmes had worked hard for this day. In Atlanta 1996 she failed to gain a medal due to injuries, in Sydney she won a bronze medal (800 m), but In 2004 she finally got her wish – Olympic gold (800m,1500m).
Athens: Amanda Beard becomes a swimming pool queen when she gets the gold and sets a world record in 200m breaststroke – 2:22.44 min. Beard also won the silver in 200m indie medley and the 4x100m medley relay.