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Vintage Photos of Early Olympics

Can you picture Olympic Games where women compete in full-length skirts instead of skin-tight bodysuits? How about runners taking more than 10 seconds to complete a hundred-meter dash? See them for yourself in these archived Olympic photos from 1936 and beyond.

Photo via The New Yorker

The first time London hosted the Olympics, it was as a backup—the Games, originally scheduled to take place in Rome, were relocated to London after Mount Vesuvius erupted. The year was 1908, a bygone era of international competition when tug-of-war and the ten-mile walk were official sports, women competed in floor-length skirts, and it took men a glacial 10.8 seconds to complete the hundred-meter dash. Only at these early stages of the Olympic Games could a runner win the marathon after falling repeatedly and running in the wrong direction (he was later disqualified due to the physical assistance he received from a megaphone-toting man in a boater hat, above). In celebration of the 2012 London Games, here’s a look back at the early days.

The above images were taken during the Olympics Games in Missouri (1904), London (1908), Antwerp (1920), Paris (1924), Los Angeles (1932), and Berlin (1936).

Stay tuned for more about the Olympics from the Magazine!

Sourced from The New Yorker.

written by denisesanjose

6 comments

  1. sirio174

    sirio174

    great, great, great photos!

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  2. fish300

    fish300

    ++

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  3. reminator

    reminator

    Love it!

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  4. alix-mansell

    alix-mansell

    I think it would be 100 yards which is about 91 metres!

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  5. astilla

    astilla

    the swimmer's photo looks great! :)

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  6. andpoto501

    Interesante y muy ad hoc!

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