London Olympics’ close on this day in Olympic history in 1948 marks end of first Summer Games since 1936


Aug. 14, 1948

The London Olympics come to a close, marking the end to the first Summer Olympic Games since 1936.

Both the 1940 and 1944 Games were canceled because of World War II. As a result of the postwar economic conditions, no new venues were built for the Games and athletes lived in existing housing instead of an Olympic Village.

The United States had 84 total medals (38 gold) and dominated in the pool, winning 12 of 15 gold medals and 25 overall medals in swimming and diving.

Sweden ( 44 medals, 16 gold) finished in second place out of the 59 participating nations, and France (29 medals, 10 gold) captured third.

Host nation Great Britain won 23 medals, but just three gold.