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Olympics History Timeline 1951 - 1960



Year Venue and Date Medal count Records Nations participating Athletes participating No. of Events News Main Events
1951     Olympic Fencing, 1960
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National Olympic Committee of the USSR recognized Olympics, Figure Skating
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1952 Helsinki, Finland

July 19 - August 3
United States finished in first position in the final medal rankings, with 40 gold medals and 76 medals overall.

USSR finished in second position in the final medal rankings, with 22 gold medals and 71 medals overall.
  69 4925 149 in 17 sports The 1952 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad, were held in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland. To the enjoyment of the Finnish crowd, the Olympic Flame was lit by two heroes, runners Paavo Nurmi and Hannes Kolehmainen.

Germany was allowed to compete again after being barred from participation in 1948, but only West German athletes took part.

Soviet Union rejoins Games after 40-year absence. Mathias wins his second decathlon gold.
1953         Olympic Diving, Helsinki, Finland, 1952
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1954             NOC of People's Republic of China recognized as "Olympic Committee of the Chinese Republic." Taiwan's NOC still recognized as Chinese Olympic Committee. Track & Field Dreaming
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1955         Reaching For The Gold
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1956 Melbourne, Australia
Stockholm, Sweden

November 22 - December 8
USSR finished in first position in the final medal rankings, with 37 gold medals and 98 medals overall.

United States finished in second position in the final medal rankings, with 32 gold medals and 74 medals overall.
Mildred McDaniel, the only American woman to win gold in the sport, set a high jump record of 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches, and Egil Danielsen of Norway overcame a troublesome wind with a remarkable javelin throw of 281 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
67 3184 145 in 17 sports The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. Two international events led to nations boycotting the Olympics. The first was the British and French involvement in the Suez Crisis, which led to the absence of Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq.
1957         Designation of NOC of People's Republic of China changed to 'Olympic Committee of People's Democratic Republic of China.' Olympic Bicycling, 1960
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1958           People's Republic of China withdraws from Olympic movement and from all international federations. Finer Points
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1959         International Olympic Committee decides the NOC may not continue as the Chinese Olympic Committee Olympic Wresting, 1960
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1960 Rome, Italy

August 25 - September 11
USSR finished in first position in the final medal rankings, with 43 gold medals and 103 medals overall.

East Germany finished in second position in the final medal rankings, with 34 gold medals and 71 medals overall.
Armin Hary won the 100m in a world record time of 10.2 seconds 83 5348 150 in 17 sports The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held in 1960 in Rome, Italy. Danish sailer Paul Elvstrøm won his fourth straight gold medal in the Finn class, the first athlete to achieve this feat in an individual event. The only other two to have emulated his performance are Al Oerter and Carl Lewis.
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