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The Magnificent 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympic Games

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

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ATHLETES REPRESENTING ONLY 16 COUNTRIES TAKE AN OATH AT THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPICS

While parading through the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the International Winter Sports Week Games, 258 athletes representing 16 countries carried their sports equipment on their shoulders. Although figure skating and ice hockey had been included in the Olympic Games in the summer, their popularity was limited by the climate and season. It was decided that there was sufficient cause to launch a winter Olympic event.

It began on January 25, 1924 in Chamonix, a French village located 60 miles northeast of Grenoble. It was home to more than 10,000 residents located at the foot of Mont Blanc in the French Alps and it featured some of the best ski runs in the world.

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MORE THAN 10,000 PAYING SPECTATORS ATTENDED THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

In 1926, during the 25th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Lisbon, the Chamonix International Winter Sports Week Games were recognized as the first Olympic Winter Games and it was decided that the Olympic Winter Games would be held every four years.

These 258 athletes participated in 7 sports and 16 events in the Stade Olympique. The countries that participated were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, United States, and Yugoslavia.

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THE LEGENDARY 10-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST SPEEDSKATER ROALD LARSEN - REPRESENTING NORWAY AT THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

Norway’s 14 athletes won an astounding 17 medals, including all but 1 of the skiing medals (4 gold, 7 silver, and 6 bronze). Thorleif Haug won the 50km cross country skiing event in 3h44m despite the violent icy cold wind. Roald Larsen won 5 medals in speed skating, 2 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals.

Finland’s 17 athletes earned 11 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze). The most outstanding individual performance was that of Clas Thunberg, who took 5 medals including 3 gold medals in the 5 speed skating events.

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"STADE OLYMPIQUE" - OLYMPIC STADIUM SITS AT THE FOOT OF THE FRENCH ALPS

Austria’s 4 athletes earned 3 medals (2 gold and 1 silver). Helene Engelmann won the pairs competition with Alfred Berger, and Herma Planck Szabo won the women's singles.

Switzerland’s 30 athletes earned 3 medals (2 gold and 1 bronze).

The United States’ 24 athletes earned 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze). The first person to win a gold medal a Winter Olympics went to Charles Jewtraw for 500m speed skating.

1924 summer olympic gold medal 1THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AS SEEN FROM THE FRONT

Great Britain brought 44 athletes who earned 4 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze).

Sweden’s 31 athletes earned 2 medals (1 gold and 1 silver). Figure skater Gillis Grafström was the first competitor to successfully defend his Summer Olympics title at the Winter Olympics.

1924 winter olympic gold medalA BACKSIDE VIEW OF THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GOLD WINNERS MEDAL

Canada’s 12 athletes only earned 1 gold medal but they completely dominated in the sport of ice-hockey. In their first game, they beat Switzerland 33-0. Next, it was Czechoslovakia getting pummeled 30-0. After beating Sweden 22-0, Canada then defeated Great Britain 19-2. The Canadians finally won the gold medal with a 6-1 victory over the United States in the final.  Canada scored a total of 122 goals, with only 3 scored against them.

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CANADIAN ICE HOCKEY TEAM DOMINATES 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

The hosting nation, France, had 43 athletes competing who earned a disappointing 3 bronze medals. It was the first time in the history of the modern Olympics that a host country failed to win any gold medals.

Belgium had 18 athletes competing who earned 1 bronze medal.

1924 winter olympic figure skaters ANDREE JOLY AND PIERRE BRUNETFRENCH OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATERS ANDREE JOLY AND PIERRE BRUNET

Of the country participants that did not win any Olympic medals at the 1924 Winter Olympics, Czechoslovakia had 27 athletes, Hungary had 4 athletes, Italy had 23 athletes, Latvia had 2 athletes, Poland had 7 athletes, and Yugoslavia had 4 athletes.

The sporting events included bobsled, skiing, ski-jumping, ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating. Curling and military patrol biathlon were demonstrated at the games but were not included in the official Olympic games.

The first 1924 Winter Olympic Games were a great success and were included from then on as part of the official Olympic Games.

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been an avid historian and collector for much of his life. His extensive collection is known throughout the world. The knowledge he has acquired has been called upon by the highest industry and government officials. Mr. Amyx has had the good fortune to acquire several museum-quality relics of international importance. Among them is an official gold medal from the 1924 Winter Olympics.

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias: Babe's Dramatic Life And Legacy

Posted by Ryan Wright on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

The front pages of the 1930's often bore ominous, depressing headlines. The economic policies of Hoover and FDR dominated the public’s concerns at the time, as America redefined its identity in terms of how to create the most favorable conditions for prosperity. Many people found themselves either jobless or taking manual labor jobs, if not homeless altogether. Families had to move out of their homes and farms and go out West and elsewhere, in search for a better life. After the stock market crash of 1929 left so many with little money, most people had to find happiness in the simple things such as movies, board games, and parlor games. Dancing to the big bands and gathering around the radio to hear Yankee games and Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, people looked for inspiration and hope wherever they could find it. Out-of-work Americans, with more time on their hands, used sports to help fill the long, empty hours.

babe didrikson at a golf tournamentA WORLD-CLASS GOLFER - THE CHARISMATIC MILDRED 'BABE' DIDRIKSON

Many memorable athletes provided such inspiration and motivation for the downtrodden in America, such as baseball player Joe DiMaggio, boxer Joe Louis, and golfer Bobby Jones. But one player in particular, an almost-forgotten athletic superstar, made a name for herself in the Olympic Trials in the 1930’s, and then went on to dominate nearly every sport in which she competed, concentrating on golf in the 1940’s and 1950’s. At a time when opportunities for women to play sports were few, and the contemporary attitude towards a strong, aggressive female athlete was essential rejecting, Mildred ‘Babe’ Didrikson provided inspiration for both women and athletes at a time when so many needed her courage.

babe didrickson hurdlesIN FIRST PLACE AGAIN: BABE DIDRIKSON DEMONSTRATES HER INTENSE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT IN THE 1932 OLYMPICS

Born June 26th, 1911 in Beaumont, Texas, she grew up playing childhood baseball, having tremendous natural talent, to which she later added rigorous practice and repetition, often late into the evening. As a child and teenager, she excelled in baseball, basketball, and sewing. Excelling first as a track and field athlete, she would later go on to win the South Texas State Fair sewing championship in Beaumont in 1931, and lead an amateur basketball team for a Dallas company to a championship that same year. A mere three years after she began practicing golf, with no prior training or experience playing the game, she became a professional golfer in 1935 at the young age of 24. Denied amateur status in the early 1930’s, she boldly competed in the 1938 Men’s Los Angeles Open, which put her on track to become America’s first female golf celebrity of the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

Babe Didrikson throwing a javelinBABE DIDRIKSON EARNING ONE OF HER MULTIPLE MEDALS IN THE 1932 LOS ANGELES OLYMPICS

Her remarkable accomplishments, too many to list here, border on the athletic prowess of Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, and even Michael Jordan. A few of her feats are noteworthy here. Representing the Employer’s Casualty Insurance Company of Dallas in the 1932 AAU Championships, she competed in eight out of ten events as a one-woman team. She won five outright and tied for a sixth, setting five world records in the following events: the javelin throw, 80-meter hurdles, the high hump, and baseball throw, all in a single afternoon, no less. In golf, she ended up winning 17 straight women's amateur victories, a feat still not equaled by anyone. By 1950, she had won every golf title available. Totaling both her amateur and professional victories, Zaharias won a total of 82 golf tournaments. And last but not least, she became the fastest LPGA golfer to reach 10 wins. This she did in a mere one year and 20 days, a record that still stands as of 2012.

A stout and bold woman, she asserted her prowess on the field and never let anyone intimidate her. She broke the accepted models of femininity in her age, including those of female athleticism. Not only physically strong, she was socially straightforward about her strength. Although derided by her ‘manliness’ at the time, Babe Didrikson’s astonishing record was is just as much an inspiration today as it was back then.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias signed photo A RARE INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF BABE DIDRIKSON - THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE IN HISTORY

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1992 Summer Olympics' Super-Stars - American Athletes 20 Years Later

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 @ 06:21 AM

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The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, took place in Barcelona, Spain, and produced some of the United States’ most famous Olympians, including superstar track and field athlete, Carl Lewis, and the legendary members of the country’s basketball “Dream Team.” Now, 20 years later, what has Carl Lewis been doing, as well as some of the more high-profile members of the U.S. “Dream Team?” 

Carl Lewis

THE INIMITABLE CARL LEWIS SPRINTING TO ANOTHER GOLD MEDAL VICTORY


Carl Lewis, gold medal track and field star

During his phenomenal career as a track and field superstar, Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, including 9 gold medals, and 10 World Championships medals, including 8 gold. His career spanned from 1979, when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996. He is also one of only four Olympic athletes to win nine gold medals, joining Al Oerter as one of the only two athletes to win four gold medals in the same event (long jump, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996). He competed in four Olympic Games: 1984 in Los Angeles, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona and 1996 in Atlanta.

In 1997, at the age of 36, Lewis decided it was time to retire, and consider other areas of interest. Since that time, Lewis has taken on acting roles in films, television and commercials, and continues to add to his illustrious entertainment resume, but still enjoying the celebrity and accolades as one of the world’s greatest athletes.

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Featured above, from the Amyx Collection, is a Mint 1992 Olympic Gold Medal (75mm) exactly like that won by Carl Lewis, considered to be one of the world's greatest athletes. The medal's outstanding condition is matched only by the wearer's unrivaled athletic abilities.

America’s “Dream Team”

Traditionally comprising amateur players, a 1989 rule change by the International Basketball Federation allowed United States basketball to form teams with professional players. The first such team, known as the "Dream Team," dominated the event and went on to win the gold medal at the Games, playing in the final against Croatia. This elite group of stellar basketball players included the indomitable Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird.

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan joined the NBA in 1984, and for nearly 20 years, he played for the Chicago Bulls. Initially, as a rookie, he made an immediate impact, averaging an amazing 28.2 points a game, including six games where he scored 40+ points. In the ensuing years, he would go on to score five regular season MVP awards, six NBA championships, six NBA finals MVP awards, three All-Star game MVP awards, and a defensive player of the year award.

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THE MAGNIFICENT 14K GOLD 1998 PRESENTATION RING -  MICHAEL JORDAN - NOW AN IMPACTFUL  PART OF THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

To demonstrate his business acumen, Jordan became co-owner and head of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards in 2000. Jordan was to retire following the 2002-03, but was encouraged to play from 2001-03, after which he was let go from his management position in 2003. Undeterred, Jordan became majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. Today, ever the consummate businessman, Jordan continues to consider other potential business opportunities, keeping his high-profile name and legacy alive.

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Larry Bird

Larry Joe Bird was drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, starting at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, leading one of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. For his entire professional career, he played for Boston, winning three NBA championships.

Due to chronic back problems, Bird decided to retire as a player just after the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Since that time, Bird has amassed considerable recognition for his basketball prowess and has gone on to become actively involved in professional basketball operations. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he became president of basketball operations for the team, and held that position until 2012. Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year. Today, he has added other ventures to his expanding business portfolio, like Larry Bird’s Hotel and Restaurant in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he starred at Indiana State University.

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Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. has accomplished virtually everything a player could dream of during his 13-year career in the NBA, all of which was spent with the Los Angeles Lakers. The list of his athletic accomplishments includes winning the Most Valuable Player Award and the Finals MVP Award three times each. He was a 12-time All-Star and a nine-time member of the All-NBA First Team.

Since his retirement in 1991, when Magic revealed he had the AIDS virus, Johnson has been a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, broadcaster and motivational speaker. He was a part owner of the Lakers for several years, and was part of a group that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. In addition to his many business interests, Johnson is also an author.

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1912 Summer Olympics — Excellence in an elite International Arena

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 09:08 AM


The 1912 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were held in Stockholm, Sweden, starting in early May, and ending towards the end of July. In total, 28 nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 14 sports. For the first time, competitors in the Games came from all five continents. It was also at these Games, that the modern pentathlon, and women’s swimming and women’s diving, made their Olympic debuts. Also, these Games marked Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated.

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ENGLAND'S GOLD MEDAL & WORLD RECORD SETTING 4X100 FREE STYLE WOMEN'S SWIM TEAM

Many people probably are not aware that the Stockholm Games were considered to be a model of efficiency in that the Swedish hosts introduced the first Olympic use of automatic timing devices for the track events. These devices have been used at every subsequent Olympic Game. Naturally, through the years, refinements to these automatic timing devices have been made as technology has advanced.

 

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OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST -AMERICAN -  JIM THORPE: TRULY A SUPERB ATHLETE WITHOUT PEER

The Games of the V Olympiad is best known for showcasing the outstanding athletic abilities of one, Jim Thorpe, a Native American from Oklahoma, who won the pentathlon and decathlon by huge margins, capturing gold medals in both events. Even King Gustav V of Sweden recognized Thorpe’s phenomenal abilities by proclaiming him to be "the greatest athlete in the world."OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL|JIM THORPE|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|OLYMPIAN| AN ELITE OLYMPIC ATHLETE - NATIVE AMERICAN JIM THORPE - DURING A BREAK IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN'S 1912 COMPETITION

Sadly, Thorpe was later disqualified when it was discovered that he had accepted a modest sum to play baseball before the Games. In 1982, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee decided to reinstate Thorpe and to give back to his daughter the medals that were rightfully his.

Another American athlete, George S. Patton, was lesser known for his athletic ability than for his distinguished career later in his life as a military general. Patton placed 5th in the modern pentathlon in the Games of 1912. There is no record that he ever again competed in organized sports after the Stockholm Olympics. Thus, he has one of the shortest athletic careers of any well-known American Olympian. His “career,” as it were, consisted mostly of military training while at West Point, and then the 1912 Olympics.

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GEORGE S. PATTON: AN ADMIRABLE 1912 OLYMPIC ATHLETE, BUT MORE DISTINGUISHED AS A WAR-TIME  MILITARY COMMANDER

But Patton was destined for far greater fame than he would ever achieve on the playing fields. In fact, as the history books will confirm, the bulk of his fame rests on his performance as a commanding general during World War II.

It was at the 1912 Summer Olympics that the United States won the most gold medals at 25, while Sweden won 65, the most medals overall. Gold medals awarded at these Games were actually solid gold. However, it was the last year that gold medals were actually solid gold.

Today, the Olympic gold medal is mostly made of silver. Weighing in at 412 grams, or roughly the weight of a can of green beans, the gold medal is made up of only 1.34%, or about 6 grams of gold. The rest is comprised of 93% silver and 6% copper.

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THE STUNNING GOLD MEDAL, WHICH WAS CUSTOM-DESIGNED FOR THE 1912 SUMMER OLYMPICS

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THE RARE, PRISTINE CONDITION LEATHER BOUND CASE IN WHICH THE GOLD MEDAL WAS PRESENTED

From the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection, it is a distinct pleasure and honor to present a near mint 1912 Gold Medal (30mm) that was presented, in a handsome British tan leather case, to the victorious athletes at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

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In 2012, approximately 17,000 athletes, representing 205 countries, will go for the gold in 26 sports, at the Games of the XXX Olympiad, in London. Keep in mind that in 1912 there were, by comparison, 2,408 Olympians competing in only 14 sports.

In the end, the Olympics have provided unity and healthy competition between nations of the world over 100 years.

 

 

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The 1948 London Olympics - The first Olympics held after World War II

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

Known as the austerity Olympics, this international multi-sport event was held in London, England after a 12-year hiatus due to World War II.  The 1948 London Summer Olympics were the first Olympics since the 1936 Games held in Berlin.  With the post-war rationing and world economic climate, no new venues were built for the games. In addition, athletes were housed in existing accommodation instead of an Olympic Village. Due to their roles as aggressors in World War II, Germany and Japan were not invited to attend. Russia was invited, but the USSR chose not to send any athletes.  The United States team won the most total medals, with a count of 84, and the most gold medals, with w count of 38.  England won 23 total medals, three of which were gold.

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AN OFFICIAL BLUE OLYMPIC MEDAL CASE FROM THE 1948 LONDON GAMES, STILL IN PRISTINE CONDITION 60 YEARS LATER

 

Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen was a star of these Olympic Games.  Nicknamed “The Flying Housewife” the 30 year old mother of 3 children won four gold medals in athletics.  She won four gold medals: 1) in the 100 meters, 2) 200 meters, 3) 80 meter high hurdles, and 4) the 4 x 100 meter relay.  In the decathlon, American Bob Mathias (see image of Mathias below) became the youngest male to ever win an Olympic gold medal at the tender age of 17.  The most individual medals won at these games were by Veikko Huhtanen of Finland.  He took 3 golds, a silver, and a bronze in men’s gymnastics.

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AMERICA'S HARRISON DILLARD - EN ROUTE TO WINNING ANOTHER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN LONDON

It was at the 1948 London Summer Olympics that Olympic pictograms were first introduced.  In total, there were twenty of them – one for each individual Olympic sport and then three separate pictograms for: 1) the arts competition, 2) the opening ceremony, and 3) the closing ceremony.  The pictograms’ intended use was for the event tickets.  16 years later, Olympic pictograms would appear again and have been featured at every Summer Olympics since then. The arts competition took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum and since then, there has not been an arts competition affiliated with the Summer Olympics since the 1948 London Summer Olympics.

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THE LEGENDARY BOB MATHIAS - A TWO-TIME DECATHLON CHAMPION - MATHIAS LATER SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection is proud to offer a gold medal (51 mm) which is exactly like the one Harrison Dillard earned in the “Olympic Games London 1948.”  At the 1948 London Summer Olympics, Dillard reached the final in the 110 meter hurdles even in what seemed to be a dead heat between Dillard and American Barney Ewell.  The finish photo showed Dillard had won and also achieved the new World Record.  He also won an additional gold medal as a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay team in the London Summer Olympic games.  By owning this piece of memorabilia, you have the same gold medal which the “world’s fastest man in the 100 meters” owns.

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A STUNNING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL FROM THE 1948 LONDON GAMES - THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The 1948 London Summer Olympics was also the very first Olympics to have a political defection.  Marie Provaznikova, the 57-year old Czechoslovakian President of the International Gymnastics Federation refused to return to her home country.  She cited “lack of freedom” which occurred after Czechoslovakia’s inclusion in the Soviet Bloc.

Harrison Dillard In The 1948 Olympic Games - A Master Hurdler

THE LEGENDARY HARRISON DILLARD IN THE 1948 OLYMPIC GAMES - A MASTER HURDLER

The austerity Olympics were a refreshing comeback for the city of London and world cooperation.  With the launch of the 1948 Olympics, the world was reassured that things were getting back to normal and peace restored.

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The Challenging 1908 London Olympics: An Unexpected Host City

Posted by Chris Strom on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:11 PM

The 1908 London Summer Olympic Games were originally slated to be held in Naples. Unfortunately, Mount Vesuvius erupted on April 7, 1906, devastating the city of Naples. Funds originally slated for the Olympic development were diverted to the reconstruction of Naples and a new venue of London was selected. Games were held in White city in tandem with the Franco-British Exhibition. Berlin and Milan were other top candidates.

The White City Stadium was built in record time for the games. It held 68,000 and was widely considered a technological marvel of the time period. The stadium track was three laps to the mile (not the modern standard of 400 meters). In addition, there was a swimming pool with diving boards and platforms for the wrestling and gymnastics events in the middle of it.

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1908 Olympics - Women Were,  "Permitted - if properly dressed", To Compete In The Archery Events

A controversy of the games was the American shot putter and American flag carrier Ralph Rose’s refusal to dip the American flag before the Royal Box during the opening ceremony.  As a result of his actions, the King “felt compelled to restore the importance of the monarchy” by changing the original marathon race distance of 25 miles to 26 miles. That way, the marathon could start at Windsor Castle and finish in front of the King. Due to these changes, the marathon covered a distance of 26 miles 385 yards which would become the standard marathon length beginning with the 1924 Summer Olympics.

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A Stunning Specimen of the 1908 Summer Olympic Contestant's Silver Badge in Absolutely Splendid Condition

One of the most famous incidents of the games came at the end of the marathon.  Dorando Pietri of Italy was the first to enter the stadium. As he entered, he collapsed several times and even ran the wrong way. Near the finish line, two officials took him by the arms and brought him to the line. As a result of the official’s actions, he was disqualified and the medal went to American Johnny Hayes. Since he had not been responsible for his disqualification, Queen Alexandra awarded him a gilded silver cup the very next day.

From the Amyx collection, we are proud to present a mint 1908 Silver Medal presented for Racquets from these Summer Olympic Games held in London. The presentation case is black leather trimmed in gold and the medals themselves are in pristine condition. 

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A Gorgeous and Finely 3-D Created 1908 Olympic Silver Medal A Truly Rare and Magnificent Item in Pristine Condition

 

1908 Summer Olympic Medal caseThe Gilt-Trimmed Case to accompany the 1908 Olympic Silver Medal -- It is a true Rarity to find both a Century-Old Olympic Winners Medal along with it's Original Presentation Case.

Racquets was just one of many interesting events in the 1908 Summer Olympic games. Tug of War was included in the athletic events as was water motorsports (speed boating), lacrosse, and jeu de paume.

Though the events for the upcoming London Olympics are vastly different from the 1908 events of Tug of War and speed boating, learning about the 1908 Olympics shows just how far athletic competition in the Olympics has come.  To learn more about Olympic history, please contact us.

 

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1924 OLYMPIC WINNERS MEDAL - ELITE ATHLETES SHINE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Dec 09, 2011 @ 09:24 AM

1924 PARIS, FRANCE -  THOUSANDS WITNESS THE PURSUIT OF OLYMPIC EXCELLENCE

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In Paris, for the second time of the young history of the Modern Olympic Games; Elite Athletes from all over the world – more than 3,000 Competitors from 44 Countries, met to do battle. The undisputed Super Star of the 1924 Summer Games turned out to be the great Paavo Nurmi of Finland.

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This highly skilled Finn was the Winner of 5 Gold Medals and to this day is looked upon as legendary by all Olympic historians. Featured below is Johnny Weissmüller, the USA Triple Gold Medalist, who went on to even more fame in film as Tarzan.

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Although the Amyx Collection has a Bronze, Silver and Gold 1924 Olympic Winners Medal, we have chosen the Gold Medal for the above display. Currently the 1924 Bronze and the Silver Olympic Winners Medals remain in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. In the near future both will be shared with another collector of note. Interested parties have only to call and express a serious interest.

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BABE DIDRIKSON - GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE 1900 TO 1950

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:40 AM

ARGUABLY THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE

IN AMERICAN HISTORY - BABE DIDRIKSON 

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Babe Didrikson (1914-1956) – Shown above is an approximate 7" x 8" sepia-tone image of Babe Didrikson, showing off in front of reporters - probably in St. Petersburg. Florida. With a fountain pen, Babe inscribed the photo to a sports writer she knew well...

“Keith – I didn’t really climb it! Love, Babe Didrikson”.

A superior athlete and performer,  who first gained International notoriety as a Multiple Gold Medal Champion in 1932. Babe Didrikson's  many athletic achievements included, All-American basketball player, swimming, diving and billiard champion. Babe later took up golf and within a few years became the Worlds Leading Golfer - including the unbelievable achievement of 17 consecutive Golf Victories in 1947. To say that Babe Didrikson was a character would be a total understatement. More than once, she would enter the Professional Golfers ladies locker room, just before a Professional tournament began - walk through the locker room door and state...

“Good Morning, Ladies, the Babe is here! Who is Coming in Second?”

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 Babe Didrikson also won the 1948, 1950 and 1954 US Women’s Open and was the Leading Money Winner 4 consecutive years (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951). At an early age, Babe was stricken with a severe form of Colon Cancer. Didrikson then underwent aggressive surgery. She fought hard to recuperate. Somehow the Great Babe Didrikson fought back to win the 1954 US Open. But sadly, the Cancer recurred, and she suffered greatly. Babe was then to engage in her Last competitive battle. She passed away at the age of only 45. Her friend, Keith Quick, to whom the above piece is inscribed and autographed was nearby. There will Never Be Another Babe Didrikson. She was one of a kind!

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BABE DIDRIKSON - THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Currently this splendid autographed example is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. In the near future it may very well be shared with another noted collector.

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RARE 1900 OLYMPIC GAMES AWARDS TO THE OFFICIAL I.O.C. JUDGES

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 @ 03:40 PM

Striking Gilt Plaque (82mm x 133mm) Awarded to an Official responsible for various Judges making selections of winning Olympians as well as other participants, during the 1900 World's Fair held in Paris, in conjunction with the II Olympiad. Note the Golden version is rectangular in overall appearance as compared to the Sterling Silver rendition (further below) which was awarded in a Sculpted fashion surrounded by a suede frame.

1900 JUDGES AWARD|OLYMPIC INTERNATIONAL JUDGE|1900 OLYMPICS OFFICIALS PLAQUE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|STUNNING GOLD-PLATED OVER STERLING AWARD TO ONE OF THE HEAD JUDGES OF THE 1900 WORLDS FAIR AND OLYMPIC GAMES IN PARIS, FRANCE

 Below is the elegant Sterling Silver Plaque (130.2mm x 76.2mm) in the original Suede Frame (165.1mm x 114.3mm). This elegant presentation was made to a Judge (Jury) in 1900, at the time of only the very II Olympiad in Paris, France.  Note the Sterling Silver version with it's distinctive Suede Frame is rectangular in overall appearance. However, the Sterling Silver interior is actually in an artistically appealing interior Sculpted edging style format.

1900 OLYMPIC JUDGES PLAQUE|INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC JUDGE|1900 OLYMPICS|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|IMPRESSIVE LARGE STERLING SILVER AWARD THAT WAS PRESENTED TO ALL JUDGES AT THE 1900 WORLDS FAIR AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES - PARIS, FRANCE


  1900 Olympic Official Poster

 A GRAPHICALLY IMPRESSIVE OFFICAL POSTER OF THE 1900 PARIS, FRANCE OLYMPIC GAMES

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 Both the Rare "Gold" Judges Plaque,  as well as the scarce Sterling Silver Plaque are part of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection, where they have been displayed for nearly twenty years. In the near future they will be shared with an Institution or an collector of note.

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A SPECIAL LOOK AT THE STUNNING 1956 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES GOLD MEDAL

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 03:58 PM

The Near Mint - Gold Medal (60mm), with it's Rare Pristine Green
Leather Presention Case is pictured below. Featured on the Front of the Medal is a stylized female head, crowned with The Olympic Rings, and torch to her right. The Northern Italian Town of Cortina D’Ampezzo had been earmarked for the 1944 Olympic Games, but the horrors of World War II forced this noble plan to be abandoned. In 1956, Cortina’s persistence finally paid off. The 56 Olympic Games were now a go.

1956 gold medal winter games|cortina gold medal|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|raleigh degeer amyx|THE STUNNING FRONT OF THE 1956 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL CORTINA ITALY

 

WINTER GAMES OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL|OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THGE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|THE IMPACTFUL VERSO OF THE 1956 CORTINA GOLD MEDAL AS ISSUED TO THE VICTORIOUS ATHLETE

 

OLYMPIC PRESENTATION CASE|GOLD MEDAL OLYMPIC PRESENTATION CASE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|IN MINT CONDITION - THE ORIGINAL GREEN LEATHER PRESENTATION CASE - WITH 3-D RAISED OLYMPIC RINGS - AS PRESENTED TO THE WINNING ATHLETE OF THE GOLD MEDAL 

One of the Superstars of the 1956 Winter Games, was the pretty American, Tenley Albright, pictured below. Tenley was already a 1952 Silver Medalist, in Figure Skating, and she followed that achievement with World Championships in 1953 and 1955 - before finally adding 1956 Olympic Gold to her Treasure Chest.


TENLEY ALBRIGHT|OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST 1956 CORTINA ITALY|OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATING|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|AMERICA'S TENLEY ALBRIGHT
GOLD MEDALIST - FIGURE SKATING

 

1956 OLYMPIC COMPETITORS PIN|1956 OLYMPIC ATHLETES PIN|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMAYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|THE OLYMPIC ATHLETES 1956 CORTINA ITALY COMPETITORS PIN

Also pictured above is a 3D graphically beautiful pin - Presented to all
competing 1956 Olympians, including the gifted Tenley Albright of Massachusetts. Ms. Albright went on to Harvard and to Medical School and became a General Surgeon in the Boston area.

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Currently, this 1956 Gold Medal, with it's Rare Presentation Case, is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection, where is has been the last two decades. In the near future this fine pice will be shared with another noted collector.

 

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