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LACROSSE
An Olympic sport at the 1904 and 1908 games and a demonstration sport in 1928, 1932 and 1948, lacrosse began in France, where it was first played in the 16th century, but very little documentary evide...


LADOUMEGUE Jules (1906-1973) France / Track and Field
Along with Finn Paavo Nurmi, Jules LadoubmŔgue was the world's top middle distance runner in the nineteen twenties. Too young, he was overtaken in the 1500 m at Amsterdam in 1928 and took home the sil...


LAGUTIN Boris (1938) Russia / Boxing
This Russian boxer began his Olympic career in Rome in 1960, taking the bronze medal in the super-welterweight category.At the following games in Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico City in 1968, Lagutin had not...


LAKE PLACID - United States
A regular candidate to host the winter games, Lake Placid won the selection race for 1932 and 1980.At the first games, the New York State city did not have enough snow. It had to be ferried in by refr...


LAMOUR Jean Franšois (1956) France / Fencing
The media's favourite French fencer has a rare force of character. Jean-Franšois Lamour won two Olympic titles in 1984 and 1988 in the sabre, a discipline not much favoured by his compatriots.He only ...


LANCIEN EVEN Nathalie (1970) France / Cycling
Previously only ever gaining a place in track cycling events, Nathalie from Brittany astounded her team-mates by winning the points race in Atlanta in 1996. Her gold followed on from that of fellow Fr...


LANDVOIGT J÷ro and Bernd (1951) Germany / Rowing
J÷ro and Bernd Landvoigt won two Olympic rowing titles in the coxless pair category in 1976 and 1980. Four years before their first gold, they made a name for themselves by winning a bronze with their...


LANE Alfred ( born 1891) United States / Shooting
Five Olympic golds crowned the career of this American marksman who was as handy with a pistol as with a revolver.He took three golds in Stockholm in 1912 and finished his career eight years later in ...


LANES
Lanes were introduced to the athletic track at the 1908 London games to ensure that each of the 400 m competitors had enough room. During this event, the three American finalists obstructed the Britis...


LANGE Thomas (1964) Germany / Rowing
Wearing the colours of the newly reunified Germany, Thomas Lange won a gold in the skiff competition at Barcelona.Four years earlier in Seoul, he had also taken the gold for the skiff, but that time f...


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