Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1960

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was being considered, albeit for a short time, for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

1960 Summer Olympics — The games of the XVII Olympiad were awarded to Rome, Italy (the city had been awarded the 1908 Olympics but had been forced to give up the games after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius). Wilma Rudolph, once a polio patient, was declared the “fastest woman in the world” after winning three (3) sprinting gold medals. Also notable was the appearance of Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, a gold medal winner in the light-heavyweight boxing competition. In one of the most closely contested and exciting Decathlons, American Rafer Johnson defeated his close friend and rival C.K. Yang. Once again, the Soviet Union (USSR) came away with the most medals, 103, and the most golds, 43.

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