Wednesday 25th July 2012
JEAN Jacoby of Luxembourg designed a set of postage stamps for the 1952 Helsinki games; this after he was awarded a second gold medal twenty-four years earlier, for a drawing entitled Rugby.
The USA has won more golds for rugby than any other nation: two.
Scottish rugby player Eric Liddell was favourite to win the 100 metres in the 1924 Paris games, but, being a devout Christian, withdrew from that event on hearing that the final would be held on a Sunday. He won gold in the 400 metres instead.
Also in Paris, in 1900, all seven medals available in croquet were won by French, er… athletes. Belgium was the only other nation to enter the event, with their sole competitor failing in the first round.
Personally, I think a case could be made for bringing back pelota, lacrosse, polo, roque and tug-o-war, but I’d be disappointed if golf, baseball or cricket were featured. And let’s hope the podium never has to witness the appalling behaviour associated with champagne and racing car drivers.
Incidentally, I’m still trying to find photographic evidence of the 1970s Formula 1 fiasco when cars sponsored by Durex had frequent punctures. The same company is providing 150,000 free condoms for this year’s athletes, but doing so very quietly.
“We’re restricted by the organizing committee guidelines on what we can and can’t say,” a company spokesperson has told the press.
Beach volleyball promises more than it delivers: the rallies are too short.
I’ll probably watch the odd event, but keep well away from synchronised swimming, handball and taekwondo. The latter isn’t helped by having an international governing body called WTF. Nor do I think football, which has the World Cup, or tennis (grand slams) should be there.
‘Faster, higher, stronger’ is a rhetorical device: three words expressing one idea. Abraham Lincoln used a similar example at Gettysburg:
“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
We lost sight of that one ages ago.