George C. Calnan Takes Olympic Oath.
Original caption: 7/30/1932- Los Angeles, CA- The honor of taking the Olympic oath for the entire assemblage of world athletic stars during the opening ceremonies for the Games today goes to Lt. George C. Calnan, U.S.N. (above), for years a National Fencing Champion... The Olympic Oath 1932
The voice of the announcer sounds again. It is introducing Lieutenant George C. Calnan, of the United States Olympic Team, who will take the Olympic Oath.
A tall figure, erect and military, ascends the rostrum on the field as a hushspreads over the audience. He grasps the American flag with his left hand andraises his right to the sky.
All over the field the athletes raise their right hands.Then, in a loud clear voice, come Lieutenant Calnanís words :
"We swear that we will take part in the Olympic Games in loyal competition, respecting the regulations which govern them and desirous of participating in them in the true spirit of sportsmanship for the honor of our country and for the glory of sport."