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1920 Antwerp
Olympic Stadium

Olympisch Stadion
Kielstadion
Het Kiel

1920 Antwerp Olympic Stadium

  Venue Resources  
Address Antwerp, Belgium
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  Metal Count  
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA
Sweden
Great Britain
France
Finland
Belgium
Norway
Italy
Denmark
Holland
41
19
14
9
15
13
13
13
3
4
27
20
15
19
10
11
9
5
9
2
27
25
13
13
9
11
9
5
1
5
95
64
42
41
34
35
31
23
13
11
Hotels, Dining & Deals in Antwerp, Belgium

  The Facility  
Date Built 1920
Ownership
(Management)
Antwerp Municipality
(Antwerp Municipality)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Stadium Architect Archibald Leitch
Olympic Capacity 12,771
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Current Tenants Germinal Beerschot
Former Tenants 1920 Summer Olympics
Population Base 475,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Antwerp International Airport (ANR)

The Olympic quadrennial, scheduled for Berlin in 1916, was interrupted by World War I - the so-called "War to End All Wars", which had involved 28 countries and killed nearly 10 million troops in four years.

The four-year cycle of Olympiads - Berlin would have been the sixth - is still counted, however, even though the Games were not played.

Less than two years after the armistice, the Olympics were hastily arranged and resumed in Belgium, a symbolic and austere choice considering it had been occupied for four by enemy forces. Still, 29 countries (one more than participated in the war) sent a record 2,600 athletes to the Games (including the newly independent Czechoslovakia, Estonia and Finland). Germany and Austria, the defeated enemy of Belgium and the Allies, were not invited.

The United States turned in the best overall team performance, winning 41 gold medals, but the talk of the Games was 23-year-old distance runner Paavo Nurmi of Finland. Nurmi won the 10,000-meter run and 8,000-meter cross-country, took a third gold in the team cross-couintry and silver in the 5,000-meter run. In all, Finland won nine track and field gold medals to break the U.S. dominance in the sport.

Elsewhere, Albert Hill of Britain made his Olympic debut at age 36 and won both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs. World record holder Charley Paddock of the U.S. won the 100 meters, but was upset in the 200 by teammate Allan Woodring, who was a last-minute addition to the team. And in swimming, the U.S. won 11 of 15 events, led by triple gold medalists Norman Ross and Ethelda Bleibtrey, defending men's 100-meter freestyle champion Duke Kahanamoku and 14-year-old springboard diving champion Aileen Riggin.

The Antwerp Games were also noteworthy for the introduction of the Olympic oath - uttered for the first time by Belgium fencer Victor Bion - and the Olympic flag, with its five multicolored, intersecting rings.

Source: 1996 Information Please Sports Almanac

1912 Stockholm
Olympic Stadium

1912 Stockholm Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

1920 Antwerp Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

1924 Paris Olympic Stadium

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