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London olympic games 1948


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  • 1. LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES 1948 Karoliina Grentsmann C. R. Jakobson Gymnasium Form 9c Supervisor: Tiia Pukk 2012
  • 2. FACTS ABOUT THE OLYMPIC GAMES Was held in London, England, United Kingdom A record 59 nations were represented 4,104 athletes, 3,714 men, 390 women The host nation won 23 medals Officially opened by King George VI Opening ceremony 29 July Closing ceremony 14 August Was held in Wembley Stadium
  • 3. ELECTION AS HOST CITY IOC awarded the 1944 Olympic Summer Games to London World War II stopped the plans London again stood as a candidate for 1948 Britain almost handed the 1948 games to the USA London became the second city to host the Olympics twice
  • 4. ORGANIZATION Lord Burghley was named Chairman of the Organising and Executive Committees Olympic pictograms were introduced for the first time Three separate pictograms for the arts competition, the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony Athletes were given increased rations They ate 5,467 calories a day, instead of the normal 2,600
  • 5. ORGANIZATION Male competitors stayed at RAF camps in Uxbridge, West Drayton and Richmond Female competitors stayed in London colleges The first games to be held following the death of Pierre de Coubertin The last to feature an arts competition
  • 6. OPENING CEREMONY Army bands began playing at 2 pm in Wembley Stadium The Royal Family arrived at 2:45 pm At 3 pm the competitors entered the stadium in a procession that took 50 minutes At 4 pm the King declared the Games open 2,500 pigeons were set free Olympic Flag raised to its 35 ft flagpole at the end of the stadium The National Anthem was sung, the athletes marched out of the stadium, led by Greece, tailed by Britain.
  • 7. SPORTS Athletics Basketball Boxing Canoeing Cycling Diving Equestrian Fencing Field Hockey Football
  • 8. SPORTS Gymnastics Lacrosse Modern pentathlon Rowing Sailing Shooting Swimming Water polo Weightlifting Wrestling
  • 9. VENUES No new venues were built for the Games Swimming events were held undercover In 2010 the last remaining venue from the Games was saved when a new 15 year lease was agreed Campaigners and users of the track had feared that it would be forced to close
  • 10. PARTICIPATING NATIONS A total of 59 nations sent athletes The first time that the Philippines, India and Pakistan competed as independent nations Germany and Japan were not allowed to send athletes to the games Italy was allowed to send athletes The Soviet Union was invited but they chose not to send any athletes
  • 11. MEDALS US won 84 medals Sweden won 44 medals France won 29 medals Hungary won 27 medals Italy won 27 medals Finland won 20 medals Turkey won 12 medals Czechoslovakia won 11 medals Switzerland won 20 medals Denmark won 20 medals The host nation was 12th, with 23 medals, including three golds
  • 12. REFERENCES