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vintage everyday: 10 Fascinating Photographs from World War II ~  Because of the ongoing war, the Olympic Games of 1940 and 1944, slated for Tokyo and London, could not be held. However, several POW camps in Poland went ahead with their own Olympics, both in 1940 and 1944. While many of the events were held in secret, the 1944 Woldenberg Olympics, held at the camp in Woldenberg, and another held at the camp in Gross Born (both in Poland), were held on a much larger scale.

vintage everyday: 10 Fascinating Photographs from World War II ~ Because of the ongoing war, the Olympic Games of 1940 and 1944, slated for Tokyo and London, could not be held. However, several POW camps in Poland went ahead with their own Olympics, both in 1940 and 1944. While many of the events were held in secret, the 1944 Woldenberg Olympics, held at the camp in Woldenberg, and another held at the camp in Gross Born (both in Poland), were held on a much larger scale.

A giant leap for womenkind: A female high jumper at the London Olympics in 1908.

London 1908: Our FIRST Olympics (and guess what, they even made a small profit)

A giant leap for womenkind: A female high jumper at the London Olympics in 1908.

OLYMPICS: Photo shows American Olympic athletes aboard the Red Star Line ship Finland, which transported the US team to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Not shown here are the women participants. Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie, are the gold and silver medallists in the Olympics first women's individual swimming event

OLYMPICS: Photo shows American Olympic athletes aboard the Red Star Line ship Finland, which transported the US team to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Not shown here are the women participants. Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie, are the gold and silver medallists in the Olympics first women's individual swimming event

Fun Fact: In the 1936 Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters and close friends tied for the Silver Medal. Unable to break the tie for 5 hours of fierce competition, the two friends had their Silver and Bronze medals cut in half and welded together to form a pair of mixed medals. These became known as the Medals of Eternal Friendship.

Fun Fact: In the 1936 Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters and close friends tied for the Silver Medal. Unable to break the tie for 5 hours of fierce competition, the two friends had their Silver and Bronze medals cut in half and welded together to form a pair of mixed medals. These became known as the Medals of Eternal Friendship.

The US Women's 4x100 metres Freestyle Relay team, consisting of Kim Peyton,  Shirley Babashoff, Wendy Boglioli and Jill Sterkel, are jubilant as they celebrate their unexpected victory over the all-conquering East Germans during the Montréal 1976 Olympic Games. It was the only Gold medal for the American women during the swimming program at Montréal.

The US Women's 4x100 metres Freestyle Relay team, consisting of Kim Peyton, Shirley Babashoff, Wendy Boglioli and Jill Sterkel, are jubilant as they celebrate their unexpected victory over the all-conquering East Germans during the Montréal 1976 Olympic Games. It was the only Gold medal for the American women during the swimming program at Montréal.

John Baxter Taylor (1882 - 1908), V.M.D. 1908   First African-American to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

John Baxter Taylor (1882 - 1908), V.M.D. 1908 First African-American to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

"Everything you have ever been taught is a lie….. Now go find truth."

"Everything you have ever been taught is a lie….. Now go find truth."

Australia’s first women Olympians, Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie, 1912 (winners of gold and silver in the 100 metres freestyle, Stockholm, 1912)

Australia’s first women Olympians, Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie, 1912 (winners of gold and silver in the 100 metres freestyle, Stockholm, 1912)

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is an English former athlete best known for running the first mile in less than 4 minutes. In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki,

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is an English former athlete best known for running the first mile in less than 4 minutes. In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki,

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