i’m not a sports lover by any means, but like many people i tend to get swept up into the excitement of the Olympics. of course it’s pretty different these days to what it was like decades ago – far simpler, not such extravagant opening ceremonies, perhaps even not as competitive (we’re looking at you, Russia). here are some photos from bygone Olympics, courtesy of LIFE.

Summer Olympics, 1956. Great Britain and Northern Ireland in parade
Summer Olympics, 1956. Great Britain and Northern Ireland in parade
Summer Olympics, 1956
Summer Olympics, 1956
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960
Opening Of Olympics, 1960

Summer Olympics, 1960. Opening Of Olympics (6)

Summer Olympics, 1960. Members of the US team
Summer Olympics, 1960. Members of the US team
Summer Olympics, 1964.
Summer Olympics, 1964.
Summer Olympics, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968. Debbie Meyer doing an arm strengthening exercise
Summer Olympics, 1968. Debbie Meyer doing an arm strengthening exercise
Summer Olympics, 1968. Lee Evans (C) Larry James (L) and Ronald Freeman (R) after their victory for the 400 meter race
Summer Olympics, 1968. Lee Evans (C) Larry James (L) and Ronald Freeman (R) after their victory for the 400 meter race
Summer Olympics, 1968. Olympic swimmers Debbie Meyer(R) and Catie Ball(L) in the crowd
Summer Olympics, 1968. Olympic swimmers Debbie Meyer(R) and Catie Ball(L) in the crowd
Opening Ceremony, 1968
Opening Ceremony, 1968
Summer Olympics, 1968. US athletes Debbie Meyer, Charlie Green (C) and Bob Seagren
Summer Olympics, 1968. US athletes Debbie Meyer, Charlie Green (C) and Bob Seagren
Summer Olympics, 1968. US team during opening ceremony
Summer Olympics, 1968. US team during opening ceremony
Summer Olympics, 1972. Shot-putter Al Fuerbach tenses for a throw
Summer Olympics, 1972. Shot-putter Al Fuerbach tenses for a throw
Summer Olympics, 1972. US gymnast Ludmila Turishcheva in action on the vault
Summer Olympics, 1972. US gymnast Ludmila Turishcheva in action on the vault
Summer Olympics, 1972. US swimmer Mark Spitz
Summer Olympics, 1972. US swimmer Mark Spitz

4 Comments

  1. That shot of team USA during the opening ceremony in 1968 is EVERYTHING. Much more stylish than most Olympic outfits we see these days!

  2. So amazing to see. You do have to wonder what they’re carrying in their purses though ;)

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