1952 Helsinki: The Cold War comes to the Olympics

The United States and the Soviet Union formed an uneasy pact to help turn back Nazi Germany during World War II. Less than a decade later, most global events were seen as part of the Cold War between ...

BOYCOTT GAMES: Fields harbors no anger despite missing '80

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In the grand scheme of things, Benn Fields knows he's lucky. His career as an elite high jumper has taken him around the globe more than once — to Nigeria, Mexico, Guate...

AP WAS THERE: 1948 London Olympics

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in the Tulare ...

Austerity Games of 1948 revive Olympic spirit after WWII

After the controversial 1936 Berlin Games, it was important to believers in the Olympics that the first games after World War II be held without political and racial propaganda. Who ...

Fast friends: Unlikely ally aids Owens at '36 Berlin Games

Jesse Owens attempted to block everything out — from the chants of the German crowd to the glares of Adolf Hitler in a seat looking down. As legend goes, there was one thing the Amer...

AP WAS THERE: The 1936 Berlin Olympics

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from the 1...

Black Americans star in front of Hitler at Berlin Olympics

The name of sprinter Mack Robinson may not be as well-known as Jesse Owens, the star of the 1936 Berlin Games. Robinson’s not even the most famous person in his own family, a distinc...

Congress awards its highest honor to USS Indianapolis crew

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor, to surviving crew members of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered key components of the first nuclear b...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, July 30, the 212th day of 2020. There are 154 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3...

AP Was There: 16-year-old American wins 1st women's 100 dash

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from Amste...

1928 Amsterdam: Women's track, gymnastics debut at Olympics

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the ...

Nurmi set 2 Olympic records within an hour at 1924 Games

Less than an hour after setting an Olympic record in the 1,500-meter race at the 1924 Paris Games, Paavo Nurmi set an Olympic record in the 5,000. Two races and two gold medals in on...

AP WAS THERE: 1924 Paris Olympics

PARIS (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story from the Paris ...

Paris Olympics in 1924 set stage for Hollywood endings

There was a soon-to-be Hollywood star in the pool, and a soon-to-be Hollywood ending on the track at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Johnny Weissmuller, the American swimmer who went on to ...

Planning for Olympics in a pandemic has echoes of 1920 Games

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Olympic athletes competing for gold medals in a world reeling from a pandemic? It won't be the first time. A century before the Tokyo Games were postponed ...