1. Amsterdam 1928
2. the Olympic Stadium
3. Why was chosen Amsterdam?
4. Official Poster
6. Participating Nations
8. Medal count
The Olympic Games of
Amsterdam 1928, officially
know as the Games of the
IX Olympiad, were held in
Netherlands from 17 May
to 12 August. There were
3014 athletes ( 2724 men
and 290 women) from 46
countries, competing in 16
sports and 109 specialties.
Why was chosen Amsterdam?
In 1916 the Olympic Games were cancelled due to
World War I. In 1919 the Netherlands Olympic
Committee abandoned the proposal of Amsterdam in
favour of their support of the nomination of Antwerp
as host city for the 1920 Summer Olympics. In 1921
Paris was selected for the 1924 Summer Olympics on
the condition that the 1928 Summer Olympics would
be organized in Amsterdam. The decision was
disputed by the Americans, but their request to
allocate the 1928 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles
was without success. Los Angeles was finally selected
as host city for the 1932 Summer Olympics.
The official poster
For the first time, the parade of nations started with
Greece, which holds the origins of the Olympics, and
ended with the host country, a tradition which continues
For the first time, the Olympic Flame was lit during the
Olympics. The torch relay, however, would not occur until
the 1936 Summer Olympics.
These games were the first to feature a standard schedule
of 16 days, which is still followed. Previously, competition
had been stretched out over several months.
Diversity was another highlight of these games.
athletes form 28 nations in total won a gold medal, a
record that was not broken until 40 years later
Women competed in athletics events for the fisrs
time despite objections de Coubertin and Pope Pius XI
although their participation was limited to five events
Luigina Giavotti, 11 years old, became the youngest
medalist of all time by winning silver medal in
gymnastics as part of Italian Team
Germany returned to the Olympic Games for the first time since
1912, after being banned from the 1920 and 1924 Games. The
German team finished second in the 1928 medal count.
Helena Nordheim, Anna Dresden-Polak, and Jud Simons won
gold medals as three of the five Jewish athletes on the Dutch
women's gymnastics team. They were later killed at the Sobibor
extermination camp in German-occupied Poland as part of the
Holocaust, where their coach Gerrit Kleerekoper was also killed.
Their team mate Estella Agsteribbe was gassed in Auschwitz.
The first appearance of the sponsor Coca-Cola and Adidas at the