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The way we were: Let the games begin

Extracts from memoirs and writings on the Olympics

By Ian Irvine   April 2012

Tory MP Henry “Chips” Channon, attending the Berlin Olympics as a guest of the Third Reich, records in his diary, 6th August 1936:

Our ADC, in a grand car with a Storm Trooper at the wheel, called for us and we whizzed off to the Olympic Stadium, which is really a collection of stadiums. First we watched some indifferent polo, then we walked to the largest stadium of all, and watched hurdling and running, which bored us… Whenever there was a win, the entire stadium stood up and, with right arm uplifted, sang the National Anthem, as best they could,…

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