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Jesse Owens and the Olympic Gold Medal

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 02:10 PM

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The life of Jesse Owens provides us with a shining example of persistence and determination that inspires Americans then and now. Jesse Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. The scale of this accomplishment goes beyond his athletic ability due to the political circumstances at the time, namely Hitler’s attempt to prove his theory that the Aryan race was superior.

Owens came from humble beginnings; he was the seventh of ten children born to sharecroppers Henry and Emma Owens. Jesse began his life in Oakville, Alabama and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was nine years old. It was an elementary school teacher who first began calling him Jesse instead of his nickname “J.C.” (an abbreviation for his given name James Cleveland).

Jesse Owens starting a race"ONE CHANCE IS ALL YOU NEED." JESSE OWENS

In his youth, Owens took a number of odd jobs such as delivering groceries, loading freight cars and working in a shoe repair shop. As he grew, his athletic ability was unveiled at school. At Fairmount Junior High School Owens met track coach Charles Riley, who grew to be one of Owens’ greatest mentors. It was under his direction that Jesse Owens began setting new records in the high jump and broad jump.

Owens’ athletic achievements continued at East Technical High School in Cleveland where he won every track competition. Jesse won the Ohio state championship three years in a row. In addition, he set new high school records for the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash and new world record for the broad jump. Because of these numerous outstanding achievements, a large number of college recruiters competed for his attention. Although they did not offer a track scholarship at that time, Jesse Owens chose to attend Ohio State University and worked while attending classes and competing.

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COACH CHARLES RILEY CONGRATULATES OLYMPIC CHAMPION JESSE OWENS

At the time of the 1935 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Owens was suffering from back pain due to a fall down a flight of steps. He convinced his coach to allow him to run the 100-yard dash to see if he could compete. He did perform well - in fact Jesse Owens tied the world record and then went on to break an astounding three world records in other events.

The next major challenge Owen faced was competing at the 1936 Olympics. It was there, in Nazi Germany, that the name Jesse Owens would be elevated to a status rarely achieved by any athlete. Jesse was the very first American athlete in history to win four gold medals in Track and Field in a single Olympiad. It remained unmatched for 48 years until Carl Lewis achieved the same in the 1984 Olympics.

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OLYMPIC LEGEND JESSE OWENS

  • The first gold medal Jesse won was for running the 100 meter dash in 10.3 seconds, tying the world record.
  • The second gold medal set a new record for the long jump with a jump of 26' 5 1/4", a record that was not broken until 1960 by Ralph Boston. Owens later credited his achievement to the technical advice of his respected German competitor Carl "Luz" Long.
  • The third gold medal set a new record with 200 meter dash in 20.7 seconds
  • The fourth gold medal was for a recording breaking first leg of a 400 meter relay, done in 39.8 seconds.

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JESSE OWENS SETTING THREE OLYMPIC WORLD RECORDS, AND TYING A FOURTH

Reflecting on his experience, Owens said: "To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten. The first 'second' is when you come out of the blocks. The next is when you look up and take your first few strides to attain gain position. By that time the race is actually about half over. The final 'second' – the longest slice of time in the world for an athlete – is that last half of the race, when you really bear down and see what you're made of. It seems to take an eternity, yet is all over before you can think what's happening."

Upon Jesse's return to the U.S. Owens was not greeted with the fanfare we see today. He was forced to find work any way he could. He eventually found that he had a gift for working with underprivileged youth working first as a playground director in Cleveland and later on in leadership positions at the Chicago Boys' Club. Jesse's success in this realm led to many speaking invitations for youth, sports, and cultural organizations.

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JESSE AND RUTH OWENS

Unfortunately life of this multitalented champion was cut short by lung cancer. Owens, a long-time smoker, was survived by his wife Ruth and their three daughters, Gloria, Marlene and Beverly. The Jesse Owens Foundation was established in his memory and continues to help “individuals with the ambition, dedication, and courage to achieve success against significant personal odds.”

Collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focused on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items.

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SIGNED PHOTO OF 1936 OLYMPIC LEGEND JESSE OWENS

Among the items in his private collection, Mr. Amyx is proud to display a signed photo of Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens. The photo pictures Owens in sprinting stride at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.

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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.

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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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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.

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 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.

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  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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1988 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL - A MAJOR OLYMPIC COLLECTION IS FEATURED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 @ 01:40 AM

     THE MOST ELITE ATHLETES IN THE UNIVERSE ARRIVED IN SEOUL, KOREA IN THEIR QUEST FOR A GOLD, SILVER OR BRONZE MEDAL
1988 Olympic Gold Winners Medal

Featured above, from the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, is a 1988 Olympic Gold Medal, (61.3mm). In 1988, the Most Elite 8,465 Athletes in the World met at Seoul, Korea. Happily, the Large-Scale Political Boycotts of both the 1980 Moscow and the 1984 Los Angeles Games did not reoccur at Seoul.

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"FLO-JO" - A MAGNIFICIENT ATHLETE
WITH STUNNING GOOD LOOKS AND A PERSONALITY TO MATCH


Despite all the Multiple Magnificent Performances their were Absolutely No other Elite Athletes stood out Like "Flo-Jo". The Supreme Sprinter - Florence "Flo-Jo" Griffith-Joyner (USA) - Won 3 Gold Medals plus a Silver. She absolutely captured the media and the publics attention. "Flo-Jo" was able to do this, not only through her Athletic Performances but also by her ever engaging Charisma - coupled with her Striking Beauty and outgoing personality.

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"FLO-JO" - ALONE ON THE OLYMPIC TRACK
IN A MOMENT OF PRAYERFUL VICTORY


Unfortunately, some Olympiads have their share of unfortunate happenings. Let us call them the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Specifically, the Gold Medalist Champion Ben Johnson, of Canada, tested Positive for Stanozolol after his World Record, Gold Medal-Winning Performance in the 100 Meters - to become the Fastest Man Alive. Johnson initially denied knowingly using Steroids, but he later admitted it during a Canadian Government Inquiry. After serving a Suspension and being Stripped of his Gold Medal and World Record, Johnson returned to racing. However, some people don't always learn a lesson. In 1993, Ben Johnson earned a Lifetime Suspension Ban from all racing after testing Positive for Testosterone Doping.
Ben Johnson - The Good - The Bad - The Ugly!


Olympian Ben Johnson
BEN JOHNSON - THE GOOD - THE BAD - THE UGLY!

For the past 20 years or so, this Gold Medal - as well as other Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, have been a part of The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. Some of the winners medals, in this well known collection, are now being shared with other collectors of note.

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THE OLYMPICS OF 1900 -PARIS FRANCE-WINNERS MEDAL FROM AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 @ 07:55 AM

During the 2nd Olympiad in 1900, the First Winner's Medal was Offered in a Gorgeous Rectangular Fashion. This Stunning Silver Prize Medal (60mm x 42mm) was Awarded for "DE TIR" which Equates to an Olympic Shooting Event.


1900 OLYMPIC WINNERS MEDAL|PARILS OLYMPICS 1900|1900 OLYMPIC PRIZE MEDAL|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|STRIKING RECTANUGULAR SHAPE - 1900 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL FOR "TIR" = SHOOTING EVENT


Weird Events took place at these Early Olympics. Example: Although Long Since Vanished from any Olympic Program, there was such thing as a 200 Meter Obstacle Swimming Race. The Olympic Athletes had to Climb Over a Bar and a Chain of Boats as well as Dive Under more Chains of Boats.

1900 OFFICIAL OLYMPIC POSTER|OLYMPIC POSTER|1900 OLYMPIC POSTER|THE RALEIGH DEGEERE AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|A DRAMATIC OFFICAL POSTER FROM THE 1900 OLYMPIC GAMES  PARIS, FRANCE

And there were other such Strange Happenings--1900 Olympic Great and Gold Medalist-Alvin Kraenzlein-Hurdler-appears above left. At above right, is the First Woman to Ever Win a Gold Medal in Any Olympic Games. She is Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain; Winning the Prize Medal for Singles-Tennis. And there were other Stand Out Elite Athletes Offering Up Their Very Best.

1900 OLYMPIC ATHELETE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
ALVIN KRAENZLEIN-HURDLER

1900 OLYMPIC GAMES FEMALE ATHLETE|1900 OLYMPIAN|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
CHARLOTTE COOPER-TENNIS

Currently, all featured items are in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection, where they have resided for many years.  Many Olympic pieces will be parted with in the near future. Some all ready have been. Interested parties shoud soon be in contact with Mr. Amyx.


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SELECT OLYMPIC HISTORICAL RELICS MAY BE AVAILABLE

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THE 2004 OLYMPICS - GYMNASTICS - THE ELITE SKILLS OF CARLY PATTERSON

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

This Olympics marked the First Time that IOC Officials Awarded the Games to Athens, Greece, in One Hundred Years. The last time Olympians competed in Athens, Greece was in 1896 and 1906. Numerous Elite Athletes Presented their Absolute Best in Effort. 2004 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL|CARLY PATTERSON|OLYMPIC ATHLETES|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|

 STUNNING GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE WINNERS MEDALS OF THE  ATHENS, GREECE - 2004 OLYMPIAD

The Super-Star of these Olympic Games was perhaps, Carly Patterson, of the United States. She was awarded the Coveted Gold Medal as the best All-Around Gymnast of this Olympiad. The U.S.A.'s Carly Patterson is pictured below in her Grand Moment of Triumph - with her Gold Medal Proudly Displayed around her neck.

carly patterson|gold medal 2004|athens greece olympics|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|THE GIFTED ELITE ATHLETE - CARLY PATTERSON OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - IN HER MOMENT OF VICTORY

Below, Carly Patterson is also pictured in a Moment of Splendid Grace.


CARLY PATTERSON|THE USA GYMNASTICS TEAM|OLYMPICS CARLY PATTERSON|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|

2004'S INCOMPARABLE OLYMPIAN - CARLY PATTERSON OF THE U.S.A.

RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|THIS FEATURE IS BEING SHARED BY - HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR  RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - 2010

 

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