This DVD begins softly, with overviews of lakes and forests with morning birds making their rounds. Stirring music builds and builds as the morning sun breaks through the trees. The athletes begin their day too with their workouts in running, swimming etc. then comes the shaving and morning showers as the mists rise from over the lakes and meadows. The athletes meet for breakfast.
They begin with gymnastics – the rings, the parallel bars and the high bar then out to sea for the various sailing races where Holland, Germany and Great Britain win their respective events.
Once back on land, the best athletes in the world take part in the Pentathlon in which Germany, the United States and Italy finish in the top three medal positions. In the Decathlon, the toughest test of the world’s best athletes and the USA took all three medals.
In the very difficult Equestrian Field Events, riders from Germany, Japan, England, Denmark, Italy and Poland fell from their mounts while the Dutch horse merely refused to jump and was disqualified.
The DVD continues with Rowing, Women’s Diving in which the USA took all three medals, Men’s 200 meter breaststroke that was won by Japan, Men’s Freestyle Swimming, Women’s Freestyle won by Holland and the Men’s High Diving. The film closes with chorale singing, flags waving and it too, is a fantastic look into a bygone age, an age of beauty and ceremony that will probably never be seen again in our lifetime.