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1948 London
Olympic Stadium

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1948 London Olympic Stadium

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Address London, England
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  Metal Count  
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA
Sweden
Italy
France
Hungary
Great Britain
Finland
Switzerland
Denmark
Holland
Turkey
38
16
8
10
10
3
8
5
5
5
6
27
11
12
6
5
14
7
10
7
2
4
19
17
9
13
12
6
5
5
8
9
2
84
44
29
29
27
23
20
20
20
16
12
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  The Facility  
Date Built April 28, 1923
Date Closed 2000
Date Demolished 2003
Ownership
(Management)
City of London
(City of London)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction 750,000
Stadium Architect Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton
General
Contractors /
Construction Managers
Sir Owen Williams
Olympic Capacity 85,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants 1948 Summer Olympics
England National Football Team
(1923-2000)
Wembley Lions Speedway Team
(1946-1957)
(1970-1971)
Population Base 14,000,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

The Summer Olympics were scheduled for Tokyo in 1940, but by mid-1938, Japan was at war with China and withdrew as host. The IOC immediately transferred the Games to Helsinki and the Finns eagerly began preparations only to be invaded by Russia in 1939.

By then, of course, Germany had marched into Poland and World War II was on. The Japanese attacked Peral Harbor two years later, and the bombs didn't stop falling until 1945. Against this backdrop of global conflict, the Olympic Games were cancelled again in 1940 and 1944. Many of the participants in the 1936 Games died in the war.

Eager to come back after two dormant Olympiads, the IOC offered the 1948 Games to London. The British capital had previously been allocated the 1944 Games (cancelled because of World War II) and a large number of the sportsmen and women could be accommodated in barracks built during the war to house American troops. Much of the British capital had been reduced to rubble in the blitz, but the offer was accepted and the Games went on - successfully, without frills, and without invitations extended to Germany and Japan. The Soviet Union was invited, but chose not to show. The hastily arranged Games attracted 4,468 competitors from 59 countries.

The United States reclaimed its place at the top of the overall medal standings, but the primary individual stars were a 30-year-old Dutch mother of two and a 17-year-old kid from California.

Fanny Blankers-Koen duplicated Jesse Owens' track and field grand slam of 12 years before by winning the 100-meter run and 200-meter run, the 80-meter hurdles, and achoring the women's 400-meter relay.

And Bob Mathias, just two months after graduating from Tulare High School, won the gold medal in the decathlon, an event he had taken up for the first time during the summer.

Source: 1996 Information Please Sports Almanac

1936 Berlin
Olympic Stadium

1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium

1936
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Olympic Stadium

1948 London Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Stadium

1952 Helsinki Olympic Stadium

1952


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