Chamonix 1924, Chamonix
In 1922, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to
organise a week of winter sports in Chamonix; to complement the Paris Olympics of 1924.
258 athletes competed in 16 events; with the first gold medal going to
Charles Jewtraw of the United States.
As the event proved to be a huge success, the following year the IOC
recognised them as the First Winter Olympiad.
The four-man bobsleigh was the only event; with the medals going to
Switzerland, Great Britain and Belgium.
Although curling (for men) was on the medal menu at the first Winter
Olympics, it didn't appear again until Nagano 1998.
Canada won all five of their matches; only conceding three goals,
while scoring one hundred and ten against their opponents.
As figure skating can be done indoors it actually started as an
Olympic sport at the London 1908 Summer
Speed Skating became a part of the first Winter Olympics in France;
with Clas Thunberg of Finland taking
medals in all five speed skating events: three gold, one silver and a bronze.
What would the Winter Olympics be without the skiing?
Thorleif Haug of Norway, excelled in the Nordic skiing; winning both
cross-country races and the Nordic combined.
Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling,
Ice Hockey, Luge,
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From rustic charm to chic couture, Chamonix serves rugged skiers and cosmopolitan shoppers
with equal delight.
Pays du Mont
The Mont Blanc region is well known for its high altitude skiing, ski touring and mountain
climbing; with Chamonix the most famous of the 14 resorts.
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