Amsterdam Olympic Official Medal, 1928

Description (Brief):

Round metal attached in the center of a faded red fabric rosette. The multi-colored Olympic rings are located in the center of the medal with "IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM 1928 OFFICIEL" embossed on the front of the metal. This belonged to the donor's father Ben Levine. Levine was a participant in the development of amateur sports competition from 1902 as a boy of 13 when he went to work for James Sullivan, President of the Amateur Athletic Union until his retirement from the A.A.U. in 1968. Levine's primary contribution was to Amateur boxing, which he first promoted prior to 1920. He staged the first Golden Gloves and was the Assistant Manager of the U.S. Boxing teams at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games and an international jurist in boxing at the Olympics in 1932.

Description (Brief)

The 1928 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the IX Olympiad were held in Amsterdam with 46 countries, 2,606 men and 277 women athletes participating. Instead of the months long competition which had been standard to date, the sixteen-day template for holding the Games began during these Games as did the lighting of the Olympic flame for the duration of the Games. While Olympic sponsors began at the 1908 games with soup stock company Oxo, Coca-Cola became an Olympic sponsor for the first time at the 1928 Games, a partnership that exists today. With the advent of the automobile, parking at the Amsterdam games was expected to be in demand although there were few spaces available. A new parking symbol was used to specify parking for the Games, a white P on a blue ground, the international sign still used today. While women’s athletics and gymnastics were added this year, the IOC limited the women’s long-distance running events to 200 meters as women were judged “too frail” to run farther distances. American Johnny Weissmuller, who would later gain fame in Hollywood playing Tarzan, won two gold medals while the United States led the medal count with 56.

Date Made: 1928

Used: Levine, Ben

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: SportsName Of Sport: BoxingLevel Of Sport: AmateurOlympics


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Credit Line: Bertram Levine

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0049.03Catalog Number: 1991.0049.03Accession Number: 1991.0049

Object Name: medal, olympicmedal, summer olympics

Physical Description: metal (overall material)fabric (overall material)red (overall color)white (overall color)blue (overall color)Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in; 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_1072576

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