Olympics

2004 23¢ Distinguished Americans: Wilma Rudolph
June 23, 1940

Birth of Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940, in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. Dubbed “The Fastest Woman in History,” she became the first female athlete to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. 

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1980 15¢ Winter Olympics: Hockey
February 22, 1980

The Miracle on Ice

On February 22, 1980, the US men’s hockey team scored an unexpected victory over a more experienced Soviet team at the Winter Olympics. The victory was one of the most memorable moments of those games and in all of sports history.

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1984 20¢ 14th Winter Olympic Games
February 8, 1984

Opening of 1984 Winter Olympics

The 1984 Winter Olympic Games opened in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia), on February 8, 1984. These were the first Winter Games – and the second Olympics – held in a Communist state.

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1990 25¢ Olympians: Hazel Wightman stamp
December 20, 1886

Birth of Hazel Wightman

Olympic tennis star Hazel Virginia Hotchkiss Wightman was born on December 20, 1886, in Healdsburg, California. She won two Olympic gold medals, in addition to many US titles and has been called the “Queen Mother of American Tennis.”

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2002 37¢ Duke Kahanamoku stamp
August 24, 1890

Happy Birthday, Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (also known as “The Duke” and “The Big Kahuna”) was born on August 24, 1890, in Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii.  Duke was a record-setting Olympic swimmer who helped popularize surfing outside of Hawaii.

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1948 Great Britain Olympic Games stamp
July 29, 1948

1948 Olympic Games

On July 29, 1948, London opened the Games of the XIV Olympiad. They were the first summer games held since Berlin in 1936, having been delayed due to World War II.

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1960 Winter Olympics stamp
February 18, 1960

Eighth Winter Olympic Games

On February 18, 1960, the eighth Winter Olympic Games opened in Squaw Valley, California.  They were the first Winter Games held in the US since 1932.

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1988 US Winter Olympics in Calgary stamp
February 13, 1988

1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary

On February 13, 1988, the Winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  They were the first Winter Olympics held in Canada and a record number of nations participated for the time.

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US #716 – the first US stamp issued for the Olympics.
February 4th, 1932

First U.S. Winter Olympics 

The third Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York. They were the first games held in the US and showed the world that the US could host the games as well as European nations.

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