Games of the 14 Olympiad,1948
Begin1948-07-29
End1948-08-14
Nations59
Participants4104
Women390
Events136
CityLondon, Great Britain
  • After a twelve year absence caused by Second World War, the Olympic games came back to London, United Kingdom in 1948.
  • The other candidate cities were Lausanne, Switzerland and four american cities: Baltimore, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Philadelphie.
  • It was the first Games after the death of Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1937, the founder of the modern Olympic movement.
London 1948 - Medal Table
1. USA
38
27
19
2. Sweden
16
11
17
3. France
10
6
13
4. Hungary
10
5
12
5. Italy
8
11
8
6. Finland
8
7
5
7. Turkey
6
4
2
6
2
3
5
10
5
10. Denmark
5
7
8
5
2
9
3
14
6
13. Argentina
3
3
1
14. Australia
2
6
5
15. Belgium
2
2
3
16. Egypt
2
2
1
17. Mexico
2
1
2
2
1
1
19. Norway
1
3
3
20. Jamaica
1
2
0
21. Austria
1
0
3
22. India
1
0
0
22. Peru
1
0
0
0
2
0
25. Canada
0
1
2
26. Portugal
0
1
1
26. Uruguay
0
1
1
28. Cuba
0
1
0
28. Spain
0
1
0
28. Ceylon
0
1
0
32. Korea
0
0
2
32. Panama
0
0
2
34. Brazil
0
0
1
34. Iran
0
0
1
34. Poland
0
0
1
0
0
1
Games of the 14 Olympiad,1948 - Some interesting facts
  • His Majesty King George VI officially opened the Games of the 14 Olympiad at the soccer Wembley Stadium, which had recently been equipped with temporary tracks for athletics.
  • Germany and Japan, the aggressors of World War II, were not invited to participate.
  • No new facilities were built for these Games.
  • No Olympic Village was built. The male athletes were housed at an army camp in Uxbridge and the women housed at Southlands College in dormitories.
  • The Head of Czechoslovakian gymnastics team Marie Provaznikova (she was not an athlete) became the first, who took the opportunity to defect from a communist state to the West during the Olympic games.
Austerity Olympics: When the Games Came to London in 1948
Poster and Medals