Last updated: June 9, 2012 12:02 am

Touched by glory

From torches to toffees, kit to keys… Olympic mementoes through the decades
Olympic mementoes through the decades©Sam Hofman

 Jesse Owens’ spike

Owens wore these shoes to sprint into the history books in 1936 when he won four gold medals in Nazi-dominated Berlin

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Mark Spitz’s trunks (replica)

Spitz made headlines when he posed in these, with his seven medals and trademark moustache, in Munich in 1972

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Olympic Village key

For athletes, these are the keys to fame or failure, as well as to their rooms. The 1932 Games in Los Angeles came up with the village model. London’s version will house 17,000 athletes

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Silver medal, 1896

Awarded at the first modern Olympics in Athens, this piece of history weighs in at 60g. Today’s athletes get a bit more for their efforts. The 2012 medals clock in at almost 400g

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Usain Bolt’s vest

The Greeks may have raced naked but today’s Olympians wear slightly more. The world’s fastest man sported this vest in Beijing in 2008, where he won three golds

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Olympic mascot, 1972

Daschunds may not be the most athletic of dogs, but Waldi, with his bright colours and German origin, stole the show in Munich, and became the first official Games mascot

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Pierre de Coubertin’s glove

Now famous as the father of the modern Olympics, Coubertin was a fencer. But he won gold in 1912 for the rather less active pursuit of literature

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Kelly Holmes’ vest

One of the great modern British athletes, Holmes won gold in the 800m and 1,500m in the 2004 Games in Athens and carried the British flag in the closing ceremony

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Olympic torch, 1948

Since their first outing in 1936, Olympic torches have travelled by land, sea and air. This Ralph Lavers design was used in the last London Games

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Toffee tin, Amsterdam

Commemorative tat has always been part of the Olympics. In 1928, these Dutch sweet makers got in on the act. Toffee with your discus throwing?

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Michael Jordan’s shoe

Truly the footwear of fantasies. Known as the “dream team”, no one was surprised when the US basketball players stormed to gold in Barcelona in 1992

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‘The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games’ will be showcased at The Royal Opera House, London, from July 28 to August 12, in collaboration with the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

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