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Look Ma, No Helmets: Watch How Different The Winter Olympics Were In 1932
February 13, 2014
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So, how about those Olympics? As the Sochi Games continue to capture our collective attention, we're taking a brief nostalgia break to consider what the Winter Games were like in simpler times. These four minutes of archival footage from the 1932 Games in Lake Placid stand in stark contrast to today's competition. While Sochi's $50-billion price tag makes it the most expensive Olympics ever, the Lake Placid Games (the third-ever Winter Olympics) were held at the height of the Great Depression. The opening ceremonies are austere — but awesome, featuring a figure skater on stilts — and the other events shown in the clip (ski jumping, bobsleigh and speed skating) are similarly quaint from a modern spectator's perspective. Notice the relative lack of safety equipment (no helmets!) and the very different techniques, outfits and even body types of the athletes during competition. Check out the video above to see what the Olympics were like more than 80 years ago.  


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