History Stories
CATEGORY: Olympics
The 1960 Winter Olympics: Where Underdogs Ruled
February 23, 2018

From the unlikely host city to the first 'Miracle on Ice,' these games were filled with incredible upsets and improbable firsts. Read More

How the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Olympics Killed Careers
February 22, 2018

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, Australian runner Peter Norman stood by them. It lost him his career. Read More

Only Known Boxing Gloves From Roman Empire Discovered
February 21, 2018

The leather gloves survived because they were buried under concrete. Read More

The California Activists Who Scared the Soviets Away From the 1984 Olympics
February 21, 2018

The last time Russia skipped the Olympics, it was due to a fringe group encouraging mass defections of its athletes. Read More

How Snowboarding Became a Mainstream Olympic Event
February 14, 2018

With elements of surfing and skateboarding the sport has become one of the most popular at the Winter Olympics. Read More

A Divided Germany Came Together for the Olympics Decades Before Korea Did
February 12, 2018

The joint team was a short-lived but powerful symbol of East and West Germany’s common roots. Read More

The Terrorist Attack That Failed to Derail the 1988 Seoul Olympics
February 9, 2018

After North Korea’s bizarre bid to co-host the 1988 Olympics, it tried to disrupt them with a bomb. Read More

Why Are North and South Korea Divided?
February 9, 2018

Why Korea was split at the 38th parallel after World War II. Read More

Russia Isn’t the First Country to be Banned from the Olympics
December 5, 2017

Typically the punishment has been levied on countries that start wars or violate human rights. Read More

The Olympic Marathon’s Outlandish Early History
August 19, 2016

Read the bizarre history of the first Olympic marathons. Read More