Oslo, Norway (1952)
Eight days before the start of the Games, King George VI of Great Britain passed away. As a result, all national flags were flown at half-mast, and the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand squads wore black arm bands in memoriam (catch them in procession at 1:08). But in the shadow of the Cold War, the Norwegians held generally smooth contests. Still, there were troubling times ahead. As Allen Gutman writes in his dense The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games, "Almost unnoticed at the time was an ominous report: ampoules and syringes were discovered in the Olympic village, strong evidence that some athletes were resorting to drugs. It was, however, nine years before the IOC established a drug commission. . . and another 14 years before the most troublesome drug of all – anabolic steroids – was banned."