Greta Andersen is a retired Danish swimmer who won a gold and a silver medal in 100 m freestyle events at the 1948 Summer Olympics. In the mid-1950s she moved to the United States, where she set several world records in marathon swimming in the distances up to 50 miles. Andersen was born in Copenhagen to Charlotte Emerentze Benedikte Nielsen. Andersen began swimming in a club aged 16 while doing gymnastics. In 1947, she won two European medals at her first international competition. Next year she won two more medals at the London Olympics, a gold in the 100m freestyle and a silver in the 4 × 100m freestyle relay, she failed to finish her 400m freestyle race due to sudden stomach cramps – she fainted and was rescued from drowning by fellow competitors Nancy Lees and Elemér Szathmáry. According to her recollections, an injection her coach gave her to delay her period caused her legs to be paralyzed and for her to subsequently faint. In 1949 Andersen set a world record in the 100 yard freestyle at 58.2 s, which stood for seven years.
She took part in three events at the 1952 Olympics, but could not use one leg due to a recent knee surgery, failed to medal. Her best result at those Games was a fourth place in the 4 × 100m freestyle relay. During her career in Europe, she won nine individual Danish titles, several team titles, four individual Scandinavian titles. In the mid-1950s she immigrated to Long Beach and obtained US citizenship. There she switched to marathon swimming and became the first person to swim a major channel both ways, she set world records in the 10, 25 and 50 miles. Between 1957 and 1965 she crossed the English Channel six times, setting a record for most Channel swims by a woman, as well as a speed record for women at 10:59 h in 1958, she set an unofficial record for the longest Channel swim, while trying for 23 h to cross the Channel forth and back in 1964. In 1957 Andersen married John Sonnichsen, with whom she opened a swimming school in Los Alamitos in 1960. In 1969 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
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Olsen Brothers are a Danish rock/pop music duo, formed by brothers Jørgen and "Noller" Olsen who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. They formed their first band, The Kids, in 1965; the Kids warmed up for The Kinks in the K. B. Hallen in 1965 and released their first single in 1967. Both Jørgen and Niels Olsen participated in the musical Hair in the Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen March 1971, went on tour afterwards through Denmark and Sweden; the Olsen Brothers' first album was released in 1972. The Brothers have released 13 albums; some of the biggest hit singles includes "Angelina",”For what we are” "Julie", "San Francisco", "Dans Dans Dans", "Marie, Marie" and "Neon Madonna",”wings of love”,we believe in love,Look up Look down,Brothers to Brothers 2013. The Olsen Brothers has sold aprox 3.200.000 albums,1.500.000 singles and around 2.700.000 combilations since the released single-record in 1967. Total 7.500.000 units. The Brothers has a speciel two voice harmoni sound, which many musicians and songwriters loves.
Among the “ fans” are Sir Cliff Richard and Bjoern Ulveus both calls the Olsen Brothers for “ The European Everly Brothers”. The Olsen Brothers and on occasions Jørgen Olsen on his own took part in a number of annual competitions known as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix the winner of which would represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest. Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2000 / Eurovision Song Contest 2000They won the annual Dansk Melodi Grand Prix song competition in 2000 in Copenhagen and went on to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm. Where they won with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" (translated from the Danish "Smuk som et Stjerneskud". At one stage, they sold 100,000 copies in Denmark, they became the second Danish act. On the day of their victory, Jørgen Olsen was 50 years and 61 days of age, making him the oldest artist yet to win the contest. However, he only held the record for one year, as Dave Benton triumphed in 2001 at the age of 50 years and 101 days; the combined ages of The Olsen Brothers make them the oldest aged act to win the contest.
They opened the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen with a short reprise of their winning song from the previous year, followed by a full performance of their new release "Walk Right Back". Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2005In 2005 for the first time since their victory, they re-entered the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, the national pre-selection for the Eurovision contest, with the song "Little Yellow Radio", it was reported that they hoped to repeat their triumph. Congratulations - 50 Years of the Eurovision Song ContestTheir song Fly on the Wings of Love was nominated as one of the 14 finalists for the Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 22 October 2005, they performed the song in the event finishing 6th overall in 14 songs. The winner was "Waterloo" from ABBA Olsen For What We Are For the Children of the World Back on the Tracks You're the One San Francisco Dans - Dans - Dans Rockstalgi Det Stille Ocean Greatest and Latest Angelina Wings of Love The Story of Brødrene Olsen Rockstalgi Neon Madonna Walk Right Back Songs Weil Nur Die Liebe Zählt More Songs Our New Songs Celebration Respect Wings of Eurovision Brothers to Brothers "Angelina" "Julie" "San Francisco" "Dans dans dans" "Marie, Marie" "Neon Madonna" "Fly on the Wings of Love" "Wings of Eurovision" Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Dansk Melodi Grand Prix winners
Denmark at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Denmark competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. 152 competitors, 151 men and 1 woman, took part in 46 events in 13 sports. Ejler Allert, Christian Hansen, Carl Møller, Carl Pedersen and Poul Hartmann — Rowing, Men's coxed fours, inriggers Ivan Joseph Martin Osiier — Fencing, Men's Epee Men's Team — Football Men's Team — Gymnastics Steen Herschend, Sven Thomsen and Hans Meulengracht-Madsen — Sailing, Men's 6m class Lars Madsen — Shooting, Men's 300m free rifle, three positions Sofie Castenschiold — Tennis, Women's singles indoor Men's Team, free system — Gymnastics Erik Bisgaard, Rasmus Frandsen, Mikael Simonsen, Poul Thymann and Ejgil Clemmensen — Rowing, Men's coxed fours Niels Larsen — Shooting, Men's 300m free rifle, three positions Ole Olsen, Lars Madsen, Niels Larsen, Niels Andersen, Laurits Larsen and Jens Hajslund — Shooting, Men's Team free rifle Søren Jensen — Wrestling, Greco-Roman heavyweight 14 athletes represented Denmark, it was the fourth appearance of the nation in athletics, which Denmark had competed in each time the nation appeared at the Olympics.
Aage Rasmussen's fourth-place finish in the racewalk was Denmark's best athletics result in 1912. Ranks given are within that athlete's heat for running events. Eight cyclists represented Denmark, it was the first appearance of the nation in cycling. Olaf Meyland-Smith had the best time in the time trial, the only race held; the top four Danish cyclists had a combined time. DressageEventing Six fencers represented Denmark, it was the fourth appearance of the nation in fencing, in which Denmark had competed each time the nation appeared at the Olympics. Ivan Osiier was the only Danish fencer to advance to the final in an event capturing the silver medal in the épée, his second-place finish was the best in Danish Olympic fencing history at the time, as no Danish fencer had gotten to a final since Holger Nielsen won the bronze in the 1896 sabre competition. Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Final rank, it was the third appearance of the nation in gymnastics. Denmark had a team compete in two of the three team competitions.
The Danish teams won the nation's first gymnastics medals, placing third of five in the free system and second of three in the Swedish system. Six Danish gymnasts competed in the individual competition, with Arvor Hansen's 26th-place finish the best of the six. Denmark had four competitors in the first Olympic pentathlon competition; the Danish pentathletes had little success, with three of them not finishing and the fourth coming in last among the finishers, nearly 30 points behind the next nearest competitor. Fifteen rowers represented Denmark, it was the nation's first appearance in rowing. Denmark's debut was successful in the coxed fours events, with the team winning a gold medal in the inriggers competition and a bronze in the outriggers. Three sailors represented Denmark, it was the nation's first appearance in sailing. Denmark sent only one boat. Fourteen shooters represented Denmark, it was the nation's fourth appearance in shooting, in which Denmark had competed each time the nation appeared at the Olympics.
Madsen and Niels Larsen took second and third in the 300 metre free rifle from three positions to take the nation's only individual shooting medals in 1912. They were the first medals won by Denmark in shooting since 1900. One swimmer competed for Denmark at the 1912 Games, it was the third time. Hedegaard was unable to advance out of the first round in either of his two events. Ranks given for each swimmer are within the heat. Men Ten tennis players, including one woman, represented Denmark at the 1912 Games, it was the nation's debut appearance in tennis. The lone Danish woman was the lone Danish medalist, taking the silver medal in the indoor singles. She, along with Larsen, advanced to the quarterfinals in the indoor mixed doubles event as well. None of the other players advanced past the round of 16. MenWomenMixed Denmark sent nine wrestlers in 1912, it was the nation's second Olympic wrestling appearance. Two of the three Danish bronze medalists returned in 1912. Andersen, the middleweight, was not as successful as four years earlier.
Jensen, on the other hand, matched his prior bronze with another. He won his first three matches before taking his first loss to Saarela. In a loser-out fifth round match against Backenius, Jensen advanced to the medal round. There, he again faced Saarela; the winner of this match would face Saarela in the final while the loser would take the bronze medal. Olin turned out to be too much for Jensen. Four other Danes advanced to the fifth round before receiving their second elimination; the team overall went 15-17 in 0-2 in the medal round. Official Olympic Reports International Olympic Committee results database
Karen Hoff was a Danish sprint canoeist who competed in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She won a gold medal in the K-1 500 m event at the 1948 Olympics, as well as two medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a gold in K-2 500 m in 1948 and a silver in K-1 500 m in 1950. ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater: 1936–2007 at WebCite. Additional archives: Wayback Machine. ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite Evans, Hilary. "Karen Hoff". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC
Denmark at the 1896 Summer Olympics
Three athletes from Denmark competed in five sports at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Two of the three combined to win a gold medal, two silvers, three bronzes, while Eugen Schmidt earned no medals. Viggo Jensen contributed one of each color, while Holger Nielsen earned the second silver and two bronzes. Shooting and weightlifting were Denmark's most successful sports. Denmark had 15 entries in 12 events. Denmark's three athletes had little success in the 100 metres or the discus throw. Jensen took fourth place in the shot put competition, the closest to an athletics medal the Danish team came. One of Nielsen's two bronzes came in the fencing competition, in which he won half of his four matches. Jensen placed fourth of five competitors in the rope climbing contest, not reaching the top of the 14-metre rope, his actual distance climbed is unknown but it was less than 12.5 metres, the distance of the bronze medallist. Jensen and Nielsen both earned bronze medals in the shooting competitions, with Nielsen winning a silver medal.
Jensen specialized in the rifle events, taking 6th of 3rd of 20 in the two events. Nielsen did not finish his rifle competition, but performed well in the pistol events, in which he won two medals and took 5th place of 16 in the third event. Jensen tied Launceston Elliot for weight lifted in the two handed lift. Prince George of Greece, the judge for the event, determined that Jensen had lifted the 111.5 kilograms in better style than Elliot, awarded the Dane the gold medal. In the second event, the one handed, Jensen's 57 kilograms were not close to Elliot's 71 kilograms and thus Jensen took second place in that event. Lampros, S. P.. G.. J.. The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck. Mallon, Bill; the 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9. Smith, Michael Llewellyn. Olympics in Athens 1896; the Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X
1948 Summer Olympics
The 1948 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event, held in London, United Kingdom from 29 July to 14 August 1948. After a twelve-year hiatus caused by the outbreak of World War II; the 1940 Olympic Games had been scheduled for Tokyo, for Helsinki. This was the second occasion that London had hosted the Olympic Games, having hosted them in 1908, forty years earlier; the Olympics would again return to London 64 years in 2012, making London the first city to have hosted the games three times, the only such city until Paris and Los Angeles host their third games in 2024 and 2028, respectively. The 1948 Olympic Games were the first of two summer Olympic Games held under the IOC presidency of Sigfrid Edström; the event came to be known as the Austerity Games, because of the difficult economic climate and rationing imposed in the aftermath of World War II. No new venues were built for the games, athletes were housed in existing accommodation at the Wembley area instead of an Olympic Village, as were the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and the subsequent 1952 Games.
A record 59 nations were represented by 4,104 athletes, 3,714 men and 390 women, in 19 sport disciplines. Germany and Japan were not invited to participate in the games. One of the star performers at the Games was Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen. Dubbed "The Flying Housewife", the thirty-year-old mother of two won four gold medals in athletics. In the decathlon, American Bob Mathias became the youngest male to win an Olympic gold medal at the age of seventeen; the most individual medals were won by Veikko Huhtanen of Finland who took three golds, a silver and a bronze in men's gymnastics. In June 1939, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 1944 Olympic Summer Games to London, ahead of Rome, Budapest, Helsinki and Athens. World War II stopped the plans and the Games were cancelled so London again stood as a candidate for 1948. Great Britain handed the 1948 games to the United States due to post-war financial and rationing problems, but King George VI said that this could be the chance to restore Britain from World War II.
The official report of the London Olympics shows that there was no case of London being pressed to run the Games against its will. It says: The Games of 1944 had been allocated to London and so it was that in October 1945, the Chairman of the British Olympic Council, Lord Burghley, went to Stockholm and saw the president of the International Olympic Committee to discuss the question of London being chosen for this great event; as a result, an investigating committee was set up by the British Olympic Council to work out in some detail the possibility of holding the Games. After several meetings they recommended to the council that the Lord Mayor of London should be invited to apply for the allocation of the Games in 1948. In May 1946 the IOC, through a postal vote, gave the summer Games to London and the winter competition to St Moritz. London was selected ahead of Baltimore, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Philadelphia. London, which had hosted the 1908 Summer Olympics, became the second city to host the Olympics twice.
London became the first city to host the Olympics for a third time when the city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lord Burghley, a gold medal winner at the 1928 Olympics, member of the International Olympic Committee, President of the Amateur Athletics Association was named Chairman of the Organising and Executive Committees; the other members of the committees were: Colonel Evan Hunter, General Secretary of the British Olympic Association, Chef de mission for Great Britain. E. Fern. J. Holt. B. Cowley of the London Press and Advertising. B. Studdert, Managing Director of the Army & Navy Stores. E. Porritt, a member of the IOC for New Zealand who resided in London. F. Rous, Secretary of The Football Association. Olympic pictograms were introduced for the first time. There were twenty of them—one for each Olympic sport and three separate pictograms for the arts competition, the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony, they were intended for use on tickets. The background of each pictogram resembled an escutcheon.
Olympic pictograms appeared again 16 years and were used at all subsequent Summer Olympics. At the time of the Games food and building were still subject to the rationing imposed during the war in Britain. Athletes were given the same increased rations as dockers and miners, 5,467 calories a day instead of the normal 2,600. Building an Olympic Village was deemed too expensive, athletes were housed in existing accommodation. Male competitors stayed at RAF camps in Uxbridge and West Drayton, an Army camp in Richmond; the British Red Cross provided medical facilities at the Richmond Park camp. These were the first games to be held following the death of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, in 1937, they were the last to include an arts competition, which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Games opened on 29 July. Army bands
Denmark at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Denmark competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. This is a list of all of the Danish athletes who qualified for their results; the goal set out by Team Danmark and the Danish Sports' Union was seven medals. The distribution of gold and bronze medals in this goal were not specified. Team Danmark and DIF believed Denmark had the best chances of winning a medal in wrestling, handball, the equestrian events, athletics and sailing, but hoped to see table tennis and triathlon make the podium as well; the entire Danish Olympic squad was announced on June 21, 2008 with final confirmation on July 8. On August 14, placing third in the equestrian team dressage event, Denmark won its first medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. KeyNote–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only Q = Qualified for the next round q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target NR = National record N/A = Round not applicable for the event Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round MenWomen MenWomenMixed Qualification Legend: QS = Qualify to semi-final.
Head coach: Ulrik Wilbek Notes Group playQuarterfinalClassification semifinal7th–8th place MenWomenQualification Legend: FA=Final A. PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points. PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points. Men's Greco-Roman Denmark at the 2008 Summer Paralympics ol.dk – the Danish Olympics Committee's homepage for the Danish Olympic team