Olympic swimming in Stockholm 1912


Australia’s first women Olympians, Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie, 1912

Australia’s first women Olympians, Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie,1912  

Gelatin silver photographic print. From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.

Since the weather here has been so beautiful I've been pondering when it's going to be warm enough to go for a swim. Maybe never as it doesn't get much hotter than 20 degrees which it will be next week. Meanwhile a bit of sunbaking might be in order.
The two lovely women above won gold and silver in the 100 metres freestyle at the Olympic Games which was in Stockholm in 1912. It must've been cold by the looks of it or maybe they're just protecting their modesty. Either way it's a fascinating picture of the past. From 1910 until 1918 Fanny Durack (I think on the left) was the world's greatest female swimmer of all distances from freestyle sprints to the mile marathon. 



Links: 

Hissing of summer lawns: Best beaches in Stockholm 2

Summer interlude: Best beaches in Stockholm 1

Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie biogs.

1912 summer Olympics in Stockholm






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