Games of the 14 Olympiad,1948
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- After a twelve year absence caused by Second World War, the Olympic games came back to London, United Kingdom in 1948.
- The other candidate cities were Lausanne, Switzerland and four american cities: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Philadelphie.
- It was the first Games after the death of Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1937, the founder of the modern Olympic movement.
London 1948 - Medal Table
Games of the 14 Olympiad,1948 - Some interesting facts
- His Majesty King George VI officially opened the Games of the 14 Olympiad at the soccer Wembley Stadium, which had recently been equipped with temporary tracks for athletics.
- Germany and Japan, the aggressors of World War II, were not invited to participate.
- No new facilities were built for these Games.
- No Olympic Village was built. The male athletes were housed at an army camp in Uxbridge and the women housed at Southlands College in dormitories.
- The Head of Czechoslovakian gymnastics team Marie Provaznikova (she was not an athlete) became the first, who took the opportunity to defect from a communist state to the West during the Olympic games.
Austerity Olympics: When the Games Came to London in 1948