1948 London
  • Duration:
    July 29-August 14
  • Nations Participating:
    59 NOC's
  • Events:
  • Competing Athletes:
    4,104 (3,714 men, 390 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    118 (100 men, 18 women)

Games of the XIV Olympiad

The 1948 Games were the first to be shown on home television. These Games were marked by the first participation of Communist countries and first boycotts. Many countries, including Burma, Ceylon, Colombia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Panama, Puerto Rico, Syria and Venezuela, were represented for the first time. On the other hand, there were no athletes from Japan, Germany or the USSR.

Canada won only three medals at the 1948 Olympic Games. Canoeists Douglas Bennett won silver in the C-1 1000m and Norman Lane won bronze in the C-1 10,000m. The women’s 4x100m relay team gave Canada its second bronze medal.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Donald Finlay (athletics)

Olympic Oath (officials): None

Olympic Oath (coaches): None

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: John Mark

Official Opening: King George VI

Canadian Medallists







SilverDouglas BennettCanoe-Kayak - SprintC-1 1,000m - Men -
BronzeNorman LaneCanoe-Kayak - SprintC-1 10,000m - Men -
BronzePatricia Jones, Nancy Mackay, Viola Myers, Diane FosterAthleticsRelay 4x100m - Women -

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