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VEZZALI Valentina (1974) Italy / Fencing
The little Italian is one of the firebrands of fencing. Already a gold medal winner in Atlanta in 1996, individually and as part of the Italian team, she dreamed of an Olympic title in Sydney in the f...


VIKELAS Demetrius - Greece / IOC
It is often assumed that Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic tradition by founding the modern Olympic games, was the first president of the IOC. In fact the first president was a Greek, Demet...


VILLAGE, OLYMPIC
The Olympic village was designed to house the athletes taking part in the games, but many of the richer athletes now prefer to rent suites in the best hotels of the host city.The first Olympic village...


VINCI Charles (1933) United States / Weightlifting
Vinci started lifting dumbbells as a child in order to rebuild muscle after recovering from poliomyelitic paralysis which left him marked for life.These exercises led him to weightlifting, in which by...


VIREN Lasse (1949) Finland / Track and field
This Finnish runner was unquestionably the most talked about athlete of his generation in the 1970s.He won four Olympic titles in all between 1972 and 1976 over 5000 and 10,000 m. When he ran the 10,0...


VLASSOV Youri (1935) Russia / Weightlifting
Vlassov was the first weight-lifter to lift a 200 kg bar in the snatch. He achieved this feat in 1960 in Rome, where he won his first Olympic title.Vlassov's colossal physique hid a soft hearted engin...


VOLLEYBALL
When volleyball was first invented it was called "mintonette", a name that would hardly appeal to most young people today.It was started by an American, William G.Morgan, who wanted to create a game t...


VOLUNTEERS
Organising an Olympic Games is expensive, even more so if the hosts have to budget for the human resources necessary to carry out the various tasks and referee some 300-odd competitions. It is for thi...


VON HALMAY Zoltan (1881 - 1956) Hungary / Swimming
This Hungarian was one of the great swimmers at the turn of the century. He held the world record for the 100 m, set in the waters of a lake not far from Saint Louis, Missouri, during the 1904 games.T...


VON SALTZA Chris (1944) United States / Swimming
Three gold medals crowned this American swimmer's performance at the Rome games in 1960.After winning the 400 m free style race she led her partners in the American relay team to win two more gold med...


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