Austerity Games of 1948 revive Olympic spirit after WWII

FILE — In this July 29, 1948 file photo, French women athletes march past the Royal Box in Wembley Stadium, London, during the opening ceremony of the XIV Olympiad. London was still cleaning up bombing damage from World War II when it staged the Olympics in 1948. Britain was also struggling financially; food, clothing and gas were still being rationed. The athletes had to bring their own towels and, with housing in short supply, were accommodated in schools and Royal Air Force camps. The games were organized in less than two years, and despite the tiny budget it was a success, its legacies including greater sporting opportunities for women. (AP Photo, File)

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