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The 1912 Stockholm Olympics

Essays on the Competitions, the People, the City

The 1912 Stockholm Olympics by Leif Yttergren
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King Gustaf V of Sweden inaugurated the Fifth Olympiad at the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm on July 6, 1912. In the following weeks, 2,380 competitors from 27 nations representing six continents participated in well-organized competitions in perfect weather conditions. The largest Olympics yet at the time, the Stockholm Games have thus gone down in history as the Sunshine Olympics, or "the Swedish Masterpiece." Since that achievement, and despite numerous attempts by other Swedish cities, Sweden has not yet managed to host the Olympic Games again. This work examines the 1912 Stockholm Olympics from a variety of perspectives, exploring the preparations, organization, competitions, participants, and spectators, as well as the continuing significance of the 1912 Games to Sweden and to the future of the Olympic movement.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; November 2012
293 pages; ISBN 9781476600666
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Title: The 1912 Stockholm Olympics
Author: Leif Yttergren; Hans Bolling