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24 Incredible Pictures From Early Years Of The Olympics

"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle." —Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee

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A fleet of vans with their drivers pose for a portrait before transporting competitors between the various sporting events at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

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Left: American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller prepares to compete in the the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. Right: Canadian athlete Ethel Catherwood poses for a photo after winning the women's high jump in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.


Andreas Ostler's and Jesse Owens' names were misspelled in an earlier version of this post.

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