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How the Irish defeated the best of Britain at 1908 London Olympics ...

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How the Irish defeated the best of Britain at 1908 London Olympics. ROGER MCGRATH @irishcentral August 05,2012 05:26 AM. \"John. John J. Hayes. As Britain hosts the Summer Olympic Games in London, we look back on the first great ...
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A celebration of the Irish achievements at the 1908 Olympics.

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Tweet from @wsjessup

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Curling 1908, they used real brooms and had no under ice court diagram. #curling #1908 #Olympics http://t.co/oafE2olz8O
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Lovely rare picture of 1908 curling

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Philip Barker: Russia's first gold and the skating pioneers

Philip Barker: Russia's first gold and the skating pioneers | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
The first Russian Olympic gold came in ice skating but Nikolai Kolomenkin's moment of glory was fully 16 years before the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924. He skated to gold during the 1908 London Olympics.
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Interesting article referencing the 1908 gold medalist in skating, the Russian, Nikolai Kolomenkin.   

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WATER POLO - LONDON 1908 (new version) - YouTube

OlympΕξαιρετικά σπάνιο ντοκουμέντο από τους αγώνες Πόλο στους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες του Λονδίνου το 1908. Οι αγώνες έγιναν στο White City Stadium, στο μέρος που σήμε...

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I like this footage from the pool at the 1908 Olympics - it is faded but evocative.

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Engravers transform firearms into works of art - Daily Sparks Tribune

Engravers transform firearms into works of art - Daily Sparks Tribune | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
Engravers transform firearms into works of art
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Tribune/Paul G. White A detail shot of the gold medal for marksmanship from the 1908 Olympics in London.
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Given the Olympic brief of encouraging peaceful communion between nations, this might be considered a wierd post - but it includes a fine close up of a 1908 Olympic gold medal for markesmanship.

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Queenie, Madge, and the Duchess: new book on the women of the 1908 Olympics | Martin Polley, Sports Historian

Queenie, Madge, and the Duchess: new book on the women of the 1908 Olympics http://t.co/ovnsc0qXnt
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Great news from Martin Polley - much looking forward to learning more about the sportswomen of 1908.

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Thomas Longboat, Cogwagee | firststoryblog

Thomas Longboat, Cogwagee | firststoryblog | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
Tom Longboat's goal and focus then switched to the 1908 London Olympics. Getting to the Olympics was no easy feat for him as American officials contested his entry as an amateur athlete by stating that he had trained and ...
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Glad to read more about Tom Longboat - one of my favourite 1908 Olympic athletes.

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Inductees

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Scottish Sports Hall of Fame: Wyndham Halswelle

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I hadn't seen this picture of Halswelle in his military guise before.

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Running Past - Profiles - Johnny Hayes

Running Past - Profiles - Johnny Hayes | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
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1908 Olympic Marathon - read about the ultimate winner, Johnny Hayes (USA). Good pictures too.

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1908 Olympics - how the torch relay through Swansea might have been

There was no torch relay in the build-up to the first London Olympics in 1908, but if there had been, this is how today's route through Swansea and Mumbles...   I like this idea - another social history sidelight, the 1908 Olympics, after all, belong in the context of their time.

 

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Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics | Irish America

Running Rings Around the Empire: The 1908 Olympics | Irish America | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
Irish America Magazine
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Love the picture!   (good article too...)

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How Olympics compare: team GB medals since 1908

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Comparing UK 1908 medals to more modern Games....

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Olympics 1908 Marathon

Pietri Dorando ITA DQ John Hayes USA 2:55:18.4 GOLD Charles Hefferon SAF 2:56:06 SILVER Joe Forshaw USA 2:57:10 BRONZE.
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Elements of the remaining footage of Dorando Pietri's arrival at the stadium at the end of the 1908 Marathon.

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The Spectator – on the purpose of the Olympics - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

The Spectator – on the purpose of the Olympics - Spectator.co.uk (blog) | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
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A Danish gymnast performing a perfect dismount from a pommel horse during the 1908 London Olympics. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images).
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Just look at that posture!  In those days ladies knew how to hold themselves...

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Seeing the big picture

Seeing the big picture | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
NEW GLASGOW – Phillip MacKenzie and Clyde Macdonald are firm believers that a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Canada's 1908 heritage - I wish I could see a close up of that picture.

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The Extra Mustard Trivia Hour: When a Calendar Defeated Russia in the 1908 Olympics | Extra Mustard - SI.com

The Extra Mustard Trivia Hour: When a Calendar Defeated Russia in the 1908 Olympics | Extra Mustard - SI.com | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
If you were to turn your calendar to January 7th, you'd likely see the words "Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)" or something similar on that date.
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not sure this is true - but I like the idea...    Unfortunately, I don't read Russian, so I can't check the archives.

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Legendary runner Tom Longboat broke records and stereotypes - CBC.ca

Legendary runner Tom Longboat broke records and stereotypes - CBC.ca | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
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Legendary runner Tom Longboat broke records and stereotypes
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He was considered a favourite at the 1908 Olympics but he collapsed short of the finish line, fuelling rumours he had been drugged.
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A man to be remembered - one of my favourites in the 1908 Olympic story, even if he didn't win the Marathon that year.

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The first American to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming at the ...

The first American to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming at the ... | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
At the 1908 London Olympics, Daniels earned the Gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle and Bronze in the 4×200 meter freestyle. Daniels was picked as the North American athlete of the year for 1909 by the Helms Hall ...
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Great to see these rare pictures of Charles Daniels, the US 1908 Olympic swimming champion.

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Oxford DNB article: Halswelle, Wyndham

Oxford DNB article: Halswelle, Wyndham | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
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The best, condensed article on Wynham Halswelle's history I have come across so far.

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Pictures: 6 Lost Olympic Sports—Tug-of-War to Pigeon Shooting

Pictures: 6 Lost Olympic Sports—Tug-of-War to Pigeon Shooting | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it

Lost Olympic sports from nationalgeographic.com

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I particularly liked this picture of jeu de paume as they were played circa 1800.   

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London’s Olympics, 1908

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The London Olympics of 1908 should have been the Rome Olympics.
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Includes a useful summary of the Polytechnic Harriers's involvement in the 1908 Olympics - including their organisation of the Marathon.

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Changes in Britain since 1908 Olympics

Becky Anderson looks at the changing trends in sport and culture since London first staged the Olympic Games in 1908.  Interesting to see things from the social point of view.

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The Olympians: Searching for John C. Broderick's gold medal - Seaway News

The Olympians: Searching for John C. Broderick's gold medal - Seaway News | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it
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The Olympians: Searching for John C. Broderick's gold medal
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Born in 1875, John's brief HOF bio indicated he was an all around athlete who "participated" in the 1908 Olympics in London, England.
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Can anybody help this man look for his ancestor's 1908 Olympic medal?

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Michael Phelps has nine individual gold medals, but some say Ray Ewry has more.

Michael Phelps has nine individual gold medals, but some say Ray Ewry has more. | 1908 the first London Olympics | Scoop.it

Tom Carson and I raise a glass at the Swallow at The Hollow in Baltimore to Ray Ewry (pronounced Yew-ree), because attention must be paid: Tom's grandfather set a...

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