Brazil Olympic Committee

Centenary of Brazil's participation in the 1920 – 2020 Olympic Games

Antwerp Olympics (1920)eMuseu do Esporte

Antwerp - 1920 </>
The Brazilian shooting team, bronze medalist in the free pistol.

Paris and Los Angeles Olympics (1924/1932)eMuseu do Esporte

Paris - 1924 </>
Brazilian athletes in the Olympic village in Paris 1924.

Los Angeles - 1932 </>
Brazilian rowers at the Marina of Long Beach.

Berlin and London Olympics (1936/1948)eMuseu do Esporte

Berlin - 1936 </>
The Olympic Stadium of Berlin.

London - 1948 </>
Men's basketball players read news about the Olympic Games.

Images from the Olympic Games of Berlin and London (1936/1948)eMuseu do Esporte

In 1936, the games were played in Germany, at the time ruled by Hitler. The Brazilian delegation had 94 athletes, being 6 women. Among them, Sylvio de Magalhães Padilha (photo), of athletics. Sylvio was the first South American to dispute an Olympic final (finished in the 5th place) and later became COB president.
Because of the Second World War, the next edition edition was canceled and the games only happened again in 1948.
In London, we were represented by 81 athletes (11 women) and we conquered our first medal in team sports: the bronze of the men's basketball, after a victory by 52 to 47 over Mexico.

1.The Olympic torch arrives in Berlin, 1936. International Olympic Committee - Olympic Museum - Lausanne.

2. The Athlete Sylvio de Magalhães Padilha, who would later become COB president. Collection Alberto Murray - São Paulo.

3. Brazilian basketball team, bronze medal in London 1948. Album Rui de Freitas - Rio de Janeiro.

Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics (1956/1956)eMuseu do Esporte

Helsinki - 1952</>
Brazilian delegation at the flag steak ceremony, in the Olympic village.

Melbourne - 1956</>
Brazilian athletes arrive at the opening ceremony in Melbourne 1956.

Helsinki and Melbourne Olympic Games (1952/1956)eMuseu do Esporte

In the 1952 games, Brazil went to Helsinki with 108 athletes, being 5 women. We have conquered two bronze, with Tetsuo Okamoto, in swimming, and José Telles da Conceição, in the high jump.

In the Finish capital, a legend of the Brazilian sport was born: in the triple jump, Adhemar Ferreira da Silva conquered the gold medal that he won again four years later in Melbourne,

In Australia, Brazil was represented by 48 athletes, one of them being a woman.

1 - José Telles da Conceição, third place on the podium, in Helsinki 1952. Museum of the Sport of Finland - Helsinki.

2 - The swimmer Tetsuo Okamoto, bronze medal in the 1,500 meters free swimming. FINISH Sports Museum - Helsinki.

3 - Adhemar Ferreira da Silva jumps in Melbourne and writes his name in history. Jornal do Comércio - Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic Games from Rome and Tokyo (1960/1964)eMuseu do Esporte

Rome - 1960 </>
Olympic flags in front of the Coliseum of Rome.

Tokyo - 1964 </>
Acrobatic airplanes draw the Olympic hoops in the sky of Tokyo.

Images of the Olympic Games of Rome and Tokyo (1960/1964)eMuseu do Esporte

Brazil went to the 1960 Rome Olympic games with a delegation formed by 81 athletes, one of them being a woman. They brought back to Brazil two bronze medals: one in men's basketball, the other with Manoel dos Santos Junior, in the swimming competition.

Four years later, the Games would be played in the city of Tokyo, the same place of the 2020 edition. In 1964, we sent 69 athletes, being Auda dos Santos the only woman.

Aida conquered an honorable 4th place in the high jump and became the first Brazilian female athlete to reach an Olympic final.

And the men's basketball competition? Another bronze medal, after a victory of 76 to 70 over Puerto Rico.

1. Against Soviet Union, in the semifinal of the tournament in Rome, Brazilian Carmo de Souza, the "White Rose", wins the ball and helps Brazil.

2. The podium of the 100 meters free swimming: the Australian John Devit, winner; The North American Lance Larson, Silver Medal; And the Brazilian Manoel dos Santos, bronze medal. International Olympic Committee
Olympic Museum - Lausanne.

3. Aida dos Santos jumps in Tokyo.

Olympic Games of Mexico and Munich (1968/1972)eMuseu do Esporte

Mexico - 1968 </>
A flock of pigeons, symbolizing peace, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Mexico 1968.

Munich - 1972 </>
Flags in half mast in honor of the Israeli delegation attacked by terrorists in the Olympic village in Munich.

Images of the Olympic Games of Mexico and Munich (1968/1972)eMuseu do Esporte

In the Olympic Games in Mexico City 1968, Brazil was represented by 64 athletes, being 3 women. In the Mexican capital, we conquered 3 medals: Nelson Prudêncio's silver in athletics (triple jump); and the two bronze, one with the Boxer Servilio de Oliveira (fly weight) and the one in sailing with Reinaldo Conrad and Burkhard Cordes (Flying Dutchman class).

In Munich 1972, 89 Brazilian athletes (5 women) were present and brought back two bronze: another medal with Nelson Prudencio, in the triple jump, and the one that would be the first Olympic Medal of Judo - one of the most successful sports in Brazilian Olympic history): Chiaki Ishii, in the half-heavy category.

1 - Fight between Servílio de Oliveira and Ricardo Delgado. SERVÍLIO DE OLIVEIRA - São Paulo.

2 - Nelson Prudêncio, silver medal, being greeted by Soviet Victor Saneyev. ACERVO MANCHETE - Sao Paulo.

3 - Chiaki Ishii in action, in the tatami of Munich 1972 games. Photographer Alberto Ferreira.

Montreal Olympics (1976)eMuseu do Esporte

Montreal - 1976 </>
The crowd arriving for the opening ceremony of the Montreal Olympic Games 1976.

Monreal Olympic Games Images (1976)eMuseu do Esporte

In the Montreal Olympic Games 1976, Brazil was consolidated as a country of good jumpers. After Adhemar Ferreira and Nelson Prudêncio, it was João do Pulo's turn to win a medal: Bronze in the triple jump. Three years later he would become the world record holder with a mark that would take 10 years to be overcome. Another tradition was born in Montreal: the conquest of medals in sailing. In the Flying Dutchmann class, as well as in Munich 1972, we won the bronze medal again, but this time with Reinaldo Conrad and Peter Ficker.

1 - João Carlos de Oliveira, João do Pulo in action. CP - Member Source - Toronto.

2 - Brazilian delegation at the opening ceremony of the Montreal 1976 games. ACERVO MANCHETE - São Paulo.

3 - Reinaldo Conrad and Peter Ficker prepare their boat. ACERVO ALEX WELTER - São Paulo.

Moscow Olympic Games (1980)eMuseu do Esporte

Moscow - 1980 </>
Brazilian athletes parade at the opening ceremony of the 1980 Moscow Games.

Images of the Olympic Games of Moscow (1980)eMuseu do Esporte

Moscow 1980 will be eternally remembered by a scene: that of Bear Misha, mascot of the games, emerging in a great mosaic and crying at the closing ceremony. In the competition, Brazil was represented by 109 athletes, being 15 women. We returned home with 4 medals: two gold in sailing (Alex Welter and Lars Björkström, in the Tornado class, and Eduardo Penido and Marcos Soares, in the 470 class) and the Bronze medals of João do Pulo (another one for him!) and the 4x200m free relay in swimming with the team formed by Rômulo Arantes, Marcus Mattioli, Cyro Delgado and Djan Madruga.

1 - Misha Mascot appears in the bleachers, formed by boards erected by the crowd. International Olympic Committee - Lausanne Olympic Museum.

2 - João do Pulo celebrates.
Photo Kishimoto - Tokyo.

3 - Marcos Soares and Eduardo Penido in the 470 class. Agencia Tyba - Rio de Janeiro / photographer: Edson Afonso.

4 - Alex Welter and Lars Björkström at the awards ceremony. ACERVO ALEX WELTER - São Paulo.

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los angeles - 1984 </>
The Olympic Pira lit in the stadium, symbolizing the beginning of 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Seoul Olympics (1988)eMuseu do Esporte

Seoul - 1988 </>
The Brazilian flag in a mosaic built by the audience present at the Olympic Stadium of Seoul.

Images of the Seoul Olympics (1988)eMuseu do Esporte

For the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Brazil sent a delegation of 170 athletes (135 men and 35 women), which represented the country in 19 modalities. We returned with six medals, one of them, the first gold of Brazilian judo, with the heavy weight Aurélio Miguel. In men's football, a silver medal, as well as in the previous edition. Joaquim Cruz, who won the gold in Los Angeles 1984, now won the silver at the 800m. Still in athletics, Róbsson Caetano won the bronze in the 200m. Finally, two more bronze, both in sailing: Torben Grael and Nelson Falcão (Star class) and Lars Grael and Clinium Freitas (Tornado class).

1 - Aurélio Miguel against Jiri Sosna. April Images - São Paulo / photographer: Pedro Martinelli.

2 - Joaquim Cruz in the 800m. ACERVO MANCHETE - Sao Paulo.

3 - Joe Loach, Carl Lewis and Robson Caetano. Agência Corbis - Seatle.

4 - Torben Grael and Nelson de Barros Falcão in Star class. April Images - São Paulo.

Barcelona Olympics (1992)eMuseu do Esporte

Barcelona - 1992 </>
The Olympic Stadium of Barcelona, ​​the city that was revitalized to host the Olympic Games.

Images from the Olympic Games of Barcelona (1992)eMuseu do Esporte

At the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992, two remarkable gold medals. The first, with Rogério Sampaio, in the up to 65kg category in Judo. The victory in the final against Hungarian Jozsef Csak, on August 1, came to consolidate the strength of Brazilian Judo. About a week later, on August 9, the last day of competitions, the "country of football" stopped in front of TV and cheered the gold medal in the men's volleyball, the first of Brazil in team sports. On the Brazilian squad, two of our legends, Maurício e Giovane. Next to them, but outside de court, the only Brazilian to win three olympic titles in our history: coach José Roberto Guimarães. To complete our campaign, Gustavo Borges would still conquer the silver medal at 100m free in swimming.

1 - Rogério Sampaio conquers gold in the category up to 65kg. The headline - Sao Paulo.

2 - Brazilian selection of volleyball gold medal. Agency O Globo - Rio de Janeiro.

3 - Gustavo Borges in Raia Five. The headline - Sao Paulo.

Atlanta Olympics (1996)eMuseu do Esporte

Atlanta - 1996 </>
Oscar Schmidt, the player with the highest number of points in the Olympic Basketball tournament: 1,093.

Sydney Olympics (2000)eMuseu do Esporte

Sidney - 2000 </>
Sandra Pires, Olympic champion and the first Brazilian female athlete to carry the Brazilian flag

Athens Olympics (2004)eMuseu do Esporte

Athens - 2004 </>
The opening ceremony of Athens 2004 was inspired by Greek history and mythology.

Beijing Olympics (2008)eMuseu do Esporte

Beijing - 2008 </>
Beijing ceremony in 2008, in the bird's nest, was one of the most spectacular in history.

London Olympics (2012)eMuseu do Esporte

London - 2012 </>
The London 2012 Olympic Pira was formed by 204 petals, representing each participating country.

Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (2016)eMuseu do Esporte

Rio - 2016 </>
The Brazilian fans gave a special show, being in great numbers in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Rumo to Tokyo 2020 (2016)eMuseu do Esporte

The Rio 2016 Olympics ended as traditionally happens in all editions of the event: honoring the next host city and calling on all lovers of the Olympic sport to closely follow the next games, in this case, those in Tokyo 2020.

In addition to the flags of Three countries (Greece, the birth of the Games; Brazil, the host country; and Japan, the country of the next edition), the Olympic flag was delivered to the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also participated, side by side with Mario Bros, famous Japanese video game character.

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