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The Sunshine Olympics 1912

Original title
Solskens-olympiaden 1912
Year
Running time
58 min.
Country
Sweden Sweden
Director
Music
Marcus Frenell
Cinematography
Roger Persson, Fredric Tirheden, Anna Strandberg, Jens Lind
Cast
Documentary
Producer
Jens Lind Produktion, SVT
Genre
Documentary | Olympic Games. Half-length Film. Sport Documentaries
Synopsis
In 1912 Stockholm was host for the Olympic summer Games. "The Sunshine Olympics 1912" tells the story of the games in Stockholm, at the time the biggest and most successful sporting event ever arranged, and perhaps the game that saved the whole Olympic movement.

Stockholm was the only applicant for the games and the successful weeks in Stockholm 1912 became a turning point for the Olympic founder Pierre de Coubertin's grand idea. The 1912 Games is considered the first modern Olympics with electronic timing, photo finish and film rights that were sold exclusively.

The film focuses on three main characters from different parts of the world:
- Jim Thorpe, the native American who is one of sport history's greatest athletes. His life is a moving tale of rise and fall. He won the pentathlon and the decathlon in Stockholm, was celebrated with a parade on Broadway, but was then disqualified for professionalism.
- Kennedy Kane McArthur, an unemployed postman from Northern Ireland, emigrated to South Africa 1901 and won a gold medal for his new homeland in 1912. McArthur triumphed in the marathon, one of the toughest races ever held.
- Greta Johansson, the first female Swedish Olympic gold medalist, then only 17 years old. Her victory came in diving, from the 10 meter platform. She overcame not only her opponents but also a compact resistance to women's sport.
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