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Oscar Swahn remarkably won his first Olympic gold medal aged 60 then competed in two further Olympic Games.

Oscar Swahn remarkably won his first Olympic gold medal aged 60 then competed in two further Olympic Games.

James Francis "Jim" Thorpe (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (Caucasian and Native American). Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball.

James Francis "Jim" Thorpe (May 1888 – March was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (Caucasian and Native American). Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and de

The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were marked by Hitler's desire to showcase Aryan supremacy and American Jesse Owens' refusal to play along. Owens won four gold medals at the games including the long jump. This photo from the medal stand of that event is one of the most powerful images in Olympic history.  The 30 Most Powerful Sports Photographs Of All Time

The 30 Most Iconic Sports Photographs Of All Time

"Jesse Owens Wins Gold In Nazi Germany": The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were marked by Hitler's desire to showcase Aryan supremacy and American Jesse Owens' refusal to play along. Owens won four gold medals at the games including the long jump.

Alice Coachman, 88, specialized in the high jump. An American, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 1948 London games.     "Winning that gold medal meant everything to me. I didn’t get to celebrate much after, because it was so crowded and everyone wanted to see me. But the one thing I did ask my coach for was a beer. I’d been with her for three years, so she knew that I didn’t drink or smoke. 'You, a beer?' she asked, laughing. I think I only drank about…

The Way We Were: 1948 London Olympians Look Back

Alice Coachman, was the first black woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal. She won in the 1948 London games in the high jump (Pictured here in

Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich games. The man was the most decorated Olympic athlete until that Phelps guy stole his thunder. Phelps also tried to one up Spitz Lip Strip. One thing is for certain, Spitz isn't just "treading water" in that department. Sorry Michael, can't win em all....

Mark Spitz, one of the greatest swimmers ever, won 7 gold medals in the 1972 olympic games in Munich Germany. Ending his career with 9 olympic gold medals, a silver, and a bronze.

Olympic icon Jesse Owens and his wife, Ruth Owens, return home from the Olympics in Berlin on August 24, 1936. The son of a sharecropper and grandson of slaves, the Oakville, Alabama-born Mr. Owens won a record 4 gold medals at the 1936 games, annihilating the racist myth of white superiority in the presence of Adolph Hitler. Mr. Owens stated after his victories, “When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn’t ride in the front of th

Olympic icon Jesse Owens Jesse Owens and his wife, Ruth Owens, return home from the Olympics in Berlin on August The son of a sharecropper and grandson of slaves, the Oakville, Alabama-born Mr. Owens won a record 4 gold medals at the 1936 games.

1930 Johnny Weissmuller - Piscine Molitor, Paris - Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene

Romanian-born, unbeaten American competitive swimmer, water-polo Olympian and screen actor Johnny Weissmuller, (best known for playing Tarzan), 1930

11 Classic Posters You Might've Had on Your Wall

11 Classic Posters You Might've Had on Your Wall

Not collage but love him - Before swimming champion Michael Phelps there was Mark Spitz, winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics

#NAACPImageAwards In Memoriam: Alice Coachman - Olympic GOLD medal winner, High Jump, 1948 Olympics, London - Ms. Coachman is the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic GOLD medal!

In Memoriam: Alice Coachman - Olympic GOLD medal winner, High Jump, 1948 Olympics, London - Ms. Coachman is the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic GOLD medal!

Dick Button is the first American to win an Olympic ice skating title. He is only American to win two Olympic gold medals in figure skating.

An Illustrated History of Olympic Figure Skating

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