Throughout its history, the spirit of athletic excellence and sportsmanship of the Olympic Games has been accompanied by an undercurrent of international tension, political upheaval and ethical controversy.
A Wicklow man wins a gold medal for Great Britain, and then defiantly climbs a 20ft flagpole to raise an Irish banner at the start of the 20th century. Black athlete Jesse Owens wins four gold medals under the disapproving gaze of Adolf Hitler, as Europe edges...
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