1948 London Olympic Games
Olympic logo 1948
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London, UK

Team Gold Medalist


Preceded by

1936 Berlin Olympic Games

Succeeded by

1952 Helsinki Olympic Games

The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. After a 12-year hiatus because of World War II, these were the first Summer Olympics since the 1936 Games in Berlin. The 1940 Games had been scheduled for Tokyo, and then Helsinki; the 1944 Games had been provisionally planned for London. This was the second occasion that London had hosted the Olympic Games; the city had previously been the venue in 1908. The Olympics again returned to London in 2012, making it the only city to host the games three times.

The event came to be known as the Austerity Games because of the economic climate and post-war rationing. No new venues were built for the games, and athletes were housed in existing accommodation instead of an Olympic Village. A record 59 nations were represented by 4,104 athletes, 3,714 men and 390 women, in 19 sport disciplines. Because of their roles as aggressors in World War II, Germany and Japan were not invited to participate; the USSR were invited but chose not to send any athletes. The United States team won the most total medals, 84, and the most gold medals, 38. The host nation won 23 medals, three of them gold.

In gymnastics, most of the events were for the men. The only event the women had was the team final.


Gold Silver Bronze
Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia

Zdeňka Honsová
Marie Kovářová
Miloslava Misáková
Milena Müllerová
Věra Růžičkova
Olga Šilhánová
Božena Srncová
Zdeňka Veřmiřovská

Flag of Hungary Hungary

Edit Weckinger
Mária Zalai-Kövi
Irén Karcsics
Erzsébet Gulyás-Köteles
Erzsébet Balázs
Olga Tass
Anna Fehér
Margit Nagy-Sándor

Flag of the United States of America USA

Ladislava Bakanic
Marian Barone
Consetta Lenz
Dorothy Dalton
Meta Elste
Helen Schifano
Clara Schroth
Anita Simonis

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