Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Flashback: Golden Memories

Photo: RTL
Then Hereditary Grand Duke Jean, a now former member of the IOC, awards Josy Barthel with his Olympic gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Barthel, the surprise winner of the 1500 metres track event, remains the only Luxembourgish athlete to have won an Olympic gold medal. 

In addition, the Grand Duchy has won three silver medals by weightlifter Joseph Alzin at the 1920 Antwerp Games and by alpine skier Marc Girardelli in the giant slalom and super-G events at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume will be attending this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi but it's highly doubtful that Luxembourg's only competitor will add to the medal count.

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