The platform of Glenwood Springs’ Denver and Rio Grande Depot was filled with excited spectators the evening of July 14, 1932. A special train carrying the Italian delegation to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles was scheduled to stop in the town. For locals, it would be the opportunity of a lifetime to meet such gifted athletes.When the train arrived, 30 managers and trainers, and 109 athletes disembarked from the train. All were dressed in grayish-blue suits adorned with the Italian emblem designed with symbols representing the Catholic Church, royal power and fascism. Mike Bosco of the Star Hotel took his automobile to the depot, and from there transported many of the athletes to the Hot Springs Pool. The Italian swimmers provided an amazing display of ability to an appreciative crowd.For those delegates who did not swim the pool, drivers of other automobiles provided them with a riding tour of Glenwood Springs. The Italians were left with a lasting impression of Colorado when they unexpectedly saw a cowboy on horseback roping livestock.When the Olympians returned to the depot, many were engaged with local Italians in conversation. There was laughter and friendship. For the Italian delegates, the stop in Glenwood Springs was a welcome break from the tiring train ride across the United States.The 1932 games provided a number of Olympic firsts: the first constructed Olympic Village, the first photo-finish cameras, and the first victory platform. For Glenwood Springs residents, it was their first opportunity to meet and entertain world-class athletes.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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