Games of the XIV Olympiad, held in London, in the historic Wembley Stadium,
were opened by the king George VI and for the first time were broadcating
on home television. Germany , Japan ant The Soviet Union were absent.
Karen Hoff, from Denmark, won the decathlon only four months after taking
up the sport, becoming the youngest athlete in Olympic history to win
a mens athletics event. Ilona Elek of Hungary in womens
foil fencing and Jan Brzak of Czechoslovakia in the canoeing Canadian
pairs 1,000m. Fanny Blankers-Koen, from The Netherlands, won four gold
medals: the 100m dash, the 80m hurdles, the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
Karoly Takacs, from the Hungarian team, who lost his arm in 1936, when
a grenade shattered his right hand, learned to shoot with the other
and earned an Olympic gold medal in the rapid-fire pistol event. Micheline
Ostermeyer, a concert pianist from France, won the shot put and the discus
Despite the bad weather during the Olympic Games, the Wembley Stadium was always full for every event and the spectators were very enthusiastic, giving their best.
Candidate cities: Baltimore, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Minneapolis,Philadelphia