London 2012

1992 - Barcelona

  • Earlier The Early Days

    The birth of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 started the greatest sporting event of them all. Jesse Owens defying Hitler's Nazi ideals in Berlin will remain one of the most striking sporting images of all time.
  • 1950-1959 First in Southern Hemisphere

    Ferenc Puskas and his Hungary side dominated football in Helsinki. Four years later the Games went Down Under for the first time in Melbourne - although quarantine laws meant Stockholm staged equestiran events months before the main event!
  • 1960-1969 Black Power Salutes

    The swinging 60s saw a star born as Cassius Clay won boxing gold in Rome. Mary Rand starred for Britain as Tokyo hosted, before Mexico was jumping as Bob Beamon leapt into history to re-write the record books, while Dick Fosbury re-wrote the rule book as his Fosbury Flop revolutionised the high jump.
  • 1970-1979 The Perfect 10

    Tragedy struck in Munich as Palestinian terrorists killed Israeli athletes, casting a shadow over Mark Spitz's record-breaking seven golds in the pool. More history in Montreal as gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10.
  • 1980-1989 Record Breakers

    The USA and Soviet Union exchanged boycotts, but the action was as exciting as ever, especially the Seb Coe v Steve Ovett middle distance duels. Carl Lewis carved his name into Olympic history in LA, as did Daley Thompson. Seoul may sadly be best remembered for Ben Johnson's drug taking.
  • 1990-1999 Britain Return to Elite

    Sally Gunnell and Linford Christie provided the golden moments for Great Britain in Barcelona, before Michael Johnson provided the golden shoes as he stunned the world with his epic performances in front of a home crowd in Atlanta.
  • 2000-2010 Best-Ever Games

    Sydney staged a belter of a Games as Steve Redgrave made history Down Under. It was then a case of the old and the new as the Olympics returned home to Athens where Kelly Holmes achieved double success, before Beijing produced a spectacular event - headlined by one Usain Bolt.

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