Please, someone put me out of my misery: I need to know what’s happened to these athletes’ legs. This photograph is taken from the 1948 Olympics Official Report. The photo looks like the beginning of a Dr Who episode: aliens masquerading as athletes at the 1948 Olympics. Is it the result of a weird photo-editing technique/shutter speeds/?
Are these 1948 Olympic athletes really aliens?
Obviously lots of talk re. 2012 & 1948 London Olympics over the coming months (incl. from us of course!), but in the meantime here are some fantastic images from the 1908 London Olympics: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatpicturegalleries/9206643/The-1908-London-Olympics.html?frame=2194572
Image 2: I love the female archers – they look ready for anything
Image 5: The marathon runner is scrawny and tiny
Image 7: I can’t believe I couldn’t do as well as the third diver in the diving image – he’s going in feet first!
Image 9: The photograph of the marathon runners (running between Windsor Castle & White City) looks like a film set from a David Puttnam/John Boorman film – “Chariots of Hope & Glory AND Fire”, as does the photo of people hanging from trees at Wormwood Scrubs to get a better view of the runners (image 10)
Image 12: Good to note that the 1908 British Cycling Pursuit Team won the Gold Medal (with extremely strong-looking thighs!)
Image 13: The awards ceremony is reminiscent of a prize-giving at a School sports’ day. Enjoy them all. Which is your favourite?