History Stories
CATEGORY: Summer Olympics
How the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Olympics Killed Careers
February 22, 2018

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, Australian runner Peter Norman stood by them. It lost him his career. Read More

The California Activists Who Scared the Soviets Away From the 1984 Olympics
February 21, 2018

The last time Russia skipped the Olympics, it was due to a fringe group encouraging mass defections of its athletes. Read More

The Olympic Marathon’s Outlandish Early History
August 19, 2016

Read the bizarre history of the first Olympic marathons. Read More

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Olympics
July 27, 2012

From a gymnast with a wooden leg to a medalist busted for drinking beer, explore 10 surprising facts about the Summer Olympics. Read More

5 Strange Olympic Sports You Won’t See at the 2012 London Games
July 25, 2012

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway in London, explore five bizarre Olympic sports that haven’t been seen since the early 20th century. Read More