1980The late Lou Silverstein designed The New York Times’ special section previewing the 1980Winter Games, which earned an award of excellence in the very first SND annual (the onlyOlympic page to win that year). The Winter Games saw the Miracle on Ice U.S. hockey teamupset the Soviets, but the U.S. then boycotted the Summer Games in Moscow.
1984In 1984, USA Today was still in its infancyas The Nation’s Newspaper. But itsidentity as a visual game-changer wasalready established. Its daily viewer’sguide and explanatory graphics for the1984 Los Angeles Games were ground-breaking, earning Gold for SND foundingmember Richard Curtis and his staff.
1984A third SND Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Nan Bisher, spearheaded the OrangeCounty Register’s design coverage of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Mary LouRetton earned Gold in L.A., Bisher and the Register staff earned Silver from SND for theirdesign and photo coverage.
1984One of the defining moments in LosAngeles: the fall of Mary Decker in the3000 meter final. Decker was heavilyfavored to win, but in the home stretch shecollided with Zola Budd of Britain anddidn’t finish. Vicki Wiggington of the LongBeach (Calif.) Press-Telegram capturedthe moment.
1988The 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea,saw an explosion of sophisticatedexplanatory graphics. Pegie Stark andRobert Graham designed and art directeda series of sport previews for the DetroitNews.
1988One of the remarkable storylines in Seoul:Diver Greg Louganis smashes his head onthe board attempting a reverse two-and-a-half somersault, and wipes out. It was hisfirst mishap in more than 200,000 dives.After some fast stitches, he came backwith a set of near-perfect dives to winGold. Photographer Brian Smith of theMiami Herald got the image.
1988Too good to be true: Ben Johnson ofCanada shocks Carl Lewis and the worldwith a world-record-setting time in the 100-meter final. His Gold medal was rescindedand Johnson’s name becamesynonymous with doping. Deborah Witheyand Andrew Hartley led the Detroit FreePress’ Silver-medal coverage.
1992Pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka of the Ukrainehad an amazing career, winning Gold inSeoul and breaking the world record 35times, but at the 1992 Barcelona Gameshe came away empty. Spanish papers,however, came up huge in 1992: In the14th Edition of the SND annual, 88 of the135 international winners came fromSpain.
1992Historic moment for Spain: race walkerDaniel Plaza Montero won the country’sfirst-ever Gold in track & field. CarlosPerez de Rozas led the design team at LaVanguardia in Barcelona.
1992Introducing the ripped nameplate: RicardoBermejo and team won Silver andnumerous other awards for their elegantdesign and terrific photo coverage in theBarcelona ’92 newspaper, which wasbased in Pamplona, Spain.
1992A bold drawing style and expressive use ofcolor characterized a Gold-medal winningset of infographics pages from theAssociated Press/El Mundo/El Periodicode Cataluna. Karl Gude, Jeff Goertzen,Andrew Lucas, Mario Tascon and otherscontributed to the work.
1992One of the great Olympic headlines:“Lights, Catalonia, Action” on this Silver-winning page from Fred Norgaard, TomBodkin and The New York Times staff.
1996Atlanta is one of just three U.S. cities to hostthe Summer Games (St. Louis hosted in1904, Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984), andits winning bid to host the Centennial Gameswas an upset (Athens was favored but wouldhave to wait 8 more years). Illustrator KeithWebb of the Boston Globe designed thiswinning special section cover.
1996Kerri Strug gave one of the 1996 Olympics’gutsiest performances, sticking her vault onan injured ankle to help the U.S. to its first-ever team Gold medal in women’sgymnastics. Tracy Porter built this page forthe Virginian-Pilot.
1996Coming off a Bronze-medal finish inBarcelona, the U.S. women’s basketballteam took Gold in Atlanta. While the U.S.men’s ‘Dream Teams’ sweep up the bulk ofthe publicity, this edition of the women’steam was no slouch either, featuring legendssuch as Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo andSheryl Swoopes. Harris Siegel and AndrewPrendimano directed the coverage for theAsbury Park Press.
1996The Atlanta Journal-Constitution went totown on the Olympics, beginning with the siteannouncement in 1990, through to theclosing ceremonies. Tony DeFeria, D.W.Pine, and many others led the design aspectof the groundbreaking coverage, whichincluded multiple daily special sectionsduring the Games, and which resulted in aJudges’ Special Recognition from SND.
1996Birth of the mega-page? This four-page effortfrom the graphic artists at El Mundo del SigloXXXI magazine in Madrid, Spain, chronicledthe history of the Games, showed incredibleattention to detail, won Gold, and perhapsspawned a new industry: the tape-togethernewspaper poster.
2000The Olympics went to Sydney, Australia,in 2000. The Games’ visit to the SouthernHemisphere gave designers at The BostonGlobe a chance to play with the notion of‘Down Under.’
2000Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won threeGold medals in Sydney. Her win overTherese Alshammer of Sweden in the100 m freestyle, by a full 2.8 meters, isdepicted here in the Swedish paperSvenska Dagbladet with the headline,“How do you reverse this, Therese?” LikeAlshammer in the pool, Rickard Frank andTomas Oneborg won Silver for this entry.
2000The high jump has been an Olympic sport since ancient Greece, and for most of its historyfeatured a straight-on approach. A series of new techniques (from the roll to the straddle tothe flop) introduced during the 20th century led to raising of the world record by more than 2feet, a process described on this page from the National Post, art directed by Gayle Grin.
2000The feud between the American andAustralian swim teams simmered in thelead-up to the Sydney Games, withbrash American Gary Hall promising“We will smash [the Australian team] likeguitars,” and Australian star KierenPerkins replying “I don’t take a lot ofnotice of drug cheats.” Hall won 3 Goldsin Sydney, Perkins won a Silver. I doubtthey shared watermelon and juice boxesafterward. Simon Pipe of The Australiandesigned this page.
2000Two quintessential Brazilian sports:women’s beach volleyball won Silverwhile the men’s soccer team got knockedout, medal-less, by Cameroon. Brazilianpaper Correio Braziliense conveyed theglory and disillusion of the moment.
2000American Maurice Greene took Gold in the100 meters in Sydney. Later, like all greatathletes of this generation, he appeared onDancing With The Stars. The SundayHerald in Glasgow, Scotland, earned aJudges Special Recognition for theirfearless design approach. But to myknowledge no Sunday Herald staffers haveappeared on Dancing With The Stars.
2004Athens was the home of the AncientOlympic Games, and the birthplace of themodern Games in 1896, so the motto forAthens 2004 was “Welcome Home.” The1896 Games featured 241 athletes from 14countries; the 2004 games featured 10,625athletes from 201 countries. The San DiegoUnion-Tribune captured the spirit of Athensin this Silver-winning preview section cover.
2004Striking portrait photography of California’sOlympic athletes by Jim Gensheimer kickedoff the San Jose Mercury News’ coverage ofAthens Games and won Gold from SND. TheU.S. won 35 Gold and 101 total medals tolead the medal table in Athens.
2004The triumph is simply in competing, states thispreview section from La Presse in Montreal.How did the pictured Canadian athletes fare?Diver Emilie Heymans took bronze, whileFanny Letourneau and Courtney Stewartplaced sixth in synchronized swimming.
2004Daiane dos Santos was Brazil’s topgymnastics hopeful going into Athens, andEstado de Minas in Belo Horizonte, Brazil,profiled her with this page. Dos Santosreached the final of the floor exercisecompetition, but tumbled out of bounds andfinished fifth.
2004Another unhappy ending: The U.S. women’sgymnastics team went into Athens as thedefending world champions, and were billed asthe best U.S. team ever. But a series ofmishaps and lackluster performances led to asecond-place finish, behind Romania. TheChicago Tribune captured the disappointment.
2004The Greek debt crisis can perhaps beattributed to the amount of gold MichaelPhelps extracted from the country: the U.S.swimmer won six times. Heading intoLondon, he has 14 Gold medals, more thanany individual in the history of the Games. In2004, Michael Currie and the Fort WorthStar-Telegram marked Phelps’ first Olympictriumph.
2008The full potential of the mega-page, realized. This Silver-medal winning infographic/artistic masterpiece by the newspaper Bayan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates previewsthe major events at the Beijing 2008 Games. It’s 36 full broadsheet pages. I asked myeditor for 36 pages once. Guess how that went? Moving along ...
2008The number 8 symbolizes prosperity in Chinese culture, and theOpening Ceremonies in Beijing began at 8 p.m. on 8/8/2008.The Beijing News captured the unprecedented scope andspectacle of the event.
2008Moscow-born, Texas-raised Nastia Liukin, the daughter of two champion gymnasts, wasamong the American favorites heading into Beijing. Here, the Dallas Morning News teamdeconstructs her routine on the uneven bars. Liukin won the all-around Gold in China,joining Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson as the only Americans to do so.
2008The 29th Olympiad was the first staged in China, and broughtunprecedented media attention to the country. This page from Folha de SaoPaulo in Brazil focuses on the spectacle and protests surrounding the event.
2008In China, all eyes were on American swimmerMichael Phelps, and he didn’t disappoint, winningan unprecedented 8 Gold medals. This sectionfront from the Los Angeles Times marked hisseventh triumph and previewed his eighth.
2008An all-time high of 86 nations won medals in Beijing. Want to knowwho won what? This dynamic chart by Douglas Okasaki of the GulfNews in Dubai, color-coded by continent, makes it easy to find out.
2012 The London Games are sure to generate moments that will live on long after the closing ceremonies. Come to www.snd.org for coverage before and during the Games and be sure to enter your best work for consideration in the 35th edition of the Best of News Design competition.