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Amsterdam 1928 - Quick Hits
- Triple tally
At the age of 42, Lucien Gaudin of France won gold in the foil (fencing) competition for the third time. His teammates celebrated by carrying him on their shoulders.
- Canadian hero
Virtually unknown 20-year-old Canadian Percy Williams stunned the track and field world by taking gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter races. He established a world record of 10.3 seconds in the 100-yard dash two years later.
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands refused to appear at the opening or closing ceremonies because she considered the Games to be tantamount to a pagan festival.
- Lodging decisions
There was no Olympic village, but the IOC provided the competitors with barracks and sleeping bags. Some slept in schools. The American delegation had another plan -- the team stayed on two boats that were docked in Amsterdam's port. This turned out to be a bad decision because cargo had to be unloaded and reloaded throughout the night.
The head of the U.S. delegation was Douglas MacArthur, who later was head of the American armed forces in the Pacific during World War II.
- Triumphant return
Banned from the 1920 and 1924 Games because of World War I, Germany made a triumphant return in 1928. The Germans won 31 medals, including 10 gold medals, to place them second in the medals standings behind the United States.
- Double fault
Suspicious of professionalism, the IOC decided to take tennis off the Olympic program. Tennis did not make an Olympic appearance again until the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Uruguay, under the leadership of Jose Leandro Andrade, won the gold medal in soccer for the second straight time. The Uruguayan team later won the first-ever World Cup in 1930.
Several Olympians collapsed because of exhaustion in the first-ever women's 800-meter race, which was won by Germany's Karoline "Lina" Radke. Women did not run races longer than 200 meters until 1960.
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