ATHLETES REPRESENTING ONLY 16 COUNTRIES TAKE AN OATH AT THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPICS
While parading through the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the International Winter Sports Week Games, 258 athletes representing 16 countries carried their sports equipment on their shoulders. Although figure skating and ice hockey had been included in the Olympic Games in the summer, their popularity was limited by the climate and season. It was decided that there was sufficient cause to launch a winter Olympic event.
It began on January 25, 1924 in Chamonix, a French village located 60 miles northeast of Grenoble. It was home to more than 10,000 residents located at the foot of Mont Blanc in the French Alps and it featured some of the best ski runs in the world.
MORE THAN 10,000 PAYING SPECTATORS ATTENDED THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
In 1926, during the 25th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Lisbon, the Chamonix International Winter Sports Week Games were recognized as the first Olympic Winter Games and it was decided that the Olympic Winter Games would be held every four years.
These 258 athletes participated in 7 sports and 16 events in the Stade Olympique. The countries that participated were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, United States, and Yugoslavia.
THE LEGENDARY 10-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST SPEEDSKATER ROALD LARSEN - REPRESENTING NORWAY AT THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
Norway’s 14 athletes won an astounding 17 medals, including all but 1 of the skiing medals (4 gold, 7 silver, and 6 bronze). Thorleif Haug won the 50km cross country skiing event in 3h44m despite the violent icy cold wind. Roald Larsen won 5 medals in speed skating, 2 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals.
Finland’s 17 athletes earned 11 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze). The most outstanding individual performance was that of Clas Thunberg, who took 5 medals including 3 gold medals in the 5 speed skating events.
"STADE OLYMPIQUE" - OLYMPIC STADIUM SITS AT THE FOOT OF THE FRENCH ALPS
Austria’s 4 athletes earned 3 medals (2 gold and 1 silver). Helene Engelmann won the pairs competition with Alfred Berger, and Herma Planck Szabo won the women's singles.
Switzerland’s 30 athletes earned 3 medals (2 gold and 1 bronze).
The United States’ 24 athletes earned 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze). The first person to win a gold medal a Winter Olympics went to Charles Jewtraw for 500m speed skating.
THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL AS SEEN FROM THE FRONT
Great Britain brought 44 athletes who earned 4 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze).
Sweden’s 31 athletes earned 2 medals (1 gold and 1 silver). Figure skater Gillis Grafström was the first competitor to successfully defend his Summer Olympics title at the Winter Olympics.
A BACKSIDE VIEW OF THE 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GOLD WINNERS MEDAL
Canada’s 12 athletes only earned 1 gold medal but they completely dominated in the sport of ice-hockey. In their first game, they beat Switzerland 33-0. Next, it was Czechoslovakia getting pummeled 30-0. After beating Sweden 22-0, Canada then defeated Great Britain 19-2. The Canadians finally won the gold medal with a 6-1 victory over the United States in the final. Canada scored a total of 122 goals, with only 3 scored against them.
CANADIAN ICE HOCKEY TEAM DOMINATES 1924 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
The hosting nation, France, had 43 athletes competing who earned a disappointing 3 bronze medals. It was the first time in the history of the modern Olympics that a host country failed to win any gold medals.
Belgium had 18 athletes competing who earned 1 bronze medal.
FRENCH OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATERS ANDREE JOLY AND PIERRE BRUNET
Of the country participants that did not win any Olympic medals at the 1924 Winter Olympics, Czechoslovakia had 27 athletes, Hungary had 4 athletes, Italy had 23 athletes, Latvia had 2 athletes, Poland had 7 athletes, and Yugoslavia had 4 athletes.
The sporting events included bobsled, skiing, ski-jumping, ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating. Curling and military patrol biathlon were demonstrated at the games but were not included in the official Olympic games.
The first 1924 Winter Olympic Games were a great success and were included from then on as part of the official Olympic Games.
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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been an avid historian and collector for much of his life. His extensive collection is known throughout the world. The knowledge he has acquired has been called upon by the highest industry and government officials. Mr. Amyx has had the good fortune to acquire several museum-quality relics of international importance. Among them is an official gold medal from the 1924 Winter Olympics.
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