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CHAMONIX 1924
Chamonix 1924. Wide shot of the Olympic Stadium.

Chamonix 1924

Ist Olympic Winter Games

In 1921, the International Olympic Committee voted to stage “International Sports Week 1924” in Chamonix, France. This event was a complete success and was retroactively named the First Olympic Winter Games. The first event to be decided in Chamonix was the men’s 500m speed skating. The first gold medal went to Charles Jewtraw of the United States. A. Clas Thunberg of Finland earned medals in all five speed skating events: three gold, one silver and one bronze. Norway’s Thorleif Haug dominated Nordic skiing, winning both cross-country races and the Nordic combined. The Canadian ice hockey team won all five of their matches, outscoring their opponents 110 to 3.







16 NOCs (Nations)

258 athletes (11 women, 247 men)

16 events

CEREMONIES

Chamonix 25 January 1924. Delegations in the Olympic Stadium.

Official opening of the Games by: Under Secretary for Physical Education, Gaston Vidal

Lighting the Olympic Flame by: For the Winter Games, the flame was lit for the first time in 1952 in Oslo.

Olympic Oath by: Camille Mandrillon (skiing)

Official Oath by: The first officials' oath was sworn at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Relive the opening ceremony

HIGHLIGHTS

Charles Jewtraw (USA) was the first Winter Olympic champion. He won the gold medal in the first event, the 500m speed skating. He was born on 5 May 1900.

DID YOU KNOW?

The first Winter Games were known as "International Winter Sports Week."

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KEY FACTS

Opening date: 25 January 1924

Closing date: 05 February 1924

Country of the host city: France (FRA)

Candidate cities:
There was no other candidate city.

Sports:
6

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ATHLETES

Go directly to the portraits of the following athletes:

Julius SKUTNABBJulius SKUTNABB
Skating FIN)

Jacob Tullin THAMSJacob Tullin THAMS
Skiing NOR)

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