The Times has been at every Olympic Games since the ancient festival was revived in Athens in 1896, capturing and reporting sporting history for its readers.
Communication methods and the style of sports reporting has changed beyond all recognition in that time, but what has remained consistent is the power of the reported word to convey the human drama of the pursuit of gold medals.
The list of great athletes and great performances covered by The Times is long and distinguished and now you revisit those momentous occasions with a new e-book, The Times Book of Olympic Heroes.
Here is the chance to relive Sebastian Coe’s unforgettable triumph in Moscow in 1980, Fanny Blankers-Koen’s exploits on the Wembley cinder track in 1948, Steve Redgrave’s fifth gold medal in Sydney in 2000, Eric Liddell’s “Chariots of Fire” victory in Paris in 1924, Carl Lewis capturing his ninth gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 and Jesse Owens’ one-man demolition of Nazi ideology at the Berlin Games of 1936.
But there is much, much more here with the Times reports of sporting heroics in boxing, sailing, swimming, cycling and a wealth of other sports in a book that features such seminal Olympic names as Zatopek, Pinsent, Hemery, Holmes and many, many more.