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Author: Margaret Roberts

“Isn’t she cute…” The GB Winter Olympic Team 1932

The 23rd Winter Olympics which are due to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018 will be unrecognisable in almost every way from the Games that took place 86 years previously, the 3rd Winter Games at Lake Placid in 1932.  Set against the shadow of a worldwide economic depression, only 17 countries attended, represented by 252 competitors, more than half whom were Canadian or American, just four were British. Figure skaters Joan Dix, Mollie Phillips, Megan Taylor and Cecilia Colledge are among some of the youngest female contestants in any Olympic sport, the latter two being the...

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On this Week in Sport & Leisure History ~ Shooting

11th  – Born on this day in 1884 in Rio de Janeiro was Olympic shooter Demerval Peixoto.  He represented Brazil at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, which were the first that Brazil had entered and shooting was to be the flagship event for them.  Peixoto was one of 21 men who travelled to Antwerp, a city still suffering the ravages of WWII which had ended just two short years earlier. Four years before the games he was fighting in the Contesado War. Their journey to Antwerp was very precariousness, they travelled third class, in small, airless cabins – so...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ Ice Skating

4th –Jacqueline du Bief was born on this day in Paris in 1930, considered as a weak skater in the figures but an innovative free skater, she skated for the De Glace Club Paris.  Her greatest figure skating moment came in 1952, shortly after she had won bronze at the Oslo Olympics, when she won the World Championship in Paris. Although du Bief landed the first-ever double Lutz by a woman, it was a controversial victory as she fell twice during her free skate. She was given a 6.0 by one judge despite this, and even the French fans...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ Canoeing

27th – Henri Eberhardt, French paddler was born on this day in 1913. He won an Olympic silver medal in canoeing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, finishing second in K-1 10000m behind Gregor Hradetzky from Austria and was placed sixth in the shorter 1000m event.  Twelve years later, during the 1948 London Games, he came third in K-1 1000m behind Swedish Gert Fredriksson and Johan Andersen from Denmark. He also took part in the 10000m event and came fifth. Eberhardt died aged 62 in July 1976. Mexcian Roberto Altamirano was born in 1944, he represented his country at...

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On This Week in Sport History ~ Gymnastics

20th-Swiss gymnast Water Beck was born on this day in 1907. He won silver in the Men’s All-Around competition at the 1936 Olympic Games. Born in 1908, American gymnast Irma Haubold, nee Pezzia who competed at the 1936 Games, coming 5th with the team, the only women’s gymnastics event at those Olympics.  She was married to a fellow Olympic gold medal gymnast Frank Haubold. They were the first married couple to compete in the same Olympics Games. She died at the age of 87 on 4th April 1996. French gymnastics competitor Madeleine Jouffroy was born on this day in...

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