Cheaper than Sochi

The Athletes of the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Much has changed since the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The “International Winter Sports Week” featured about 250 athletes participating in 16 events across six sports, including the usual suspects like figure skating, bobsled, and ice hockey, as well as a military patrol competition. Competitors’ attire was less slick and aerodynamic than we see today. Here’s a collection of images from the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924.

Spectators and the official stand.

The silver-medal-winning British bobsled team.

Competitors in the bobsled.

Speedskaters at the starting line.

The Swedish and British curling teams.

Three members of the Swedish curling team taking a break to have a drink.

Clearing snow at the Olympic stadium.

An ice hockey team.

Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway, gold medalist in ski jumping.

Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating in Chamonix before taking gold in 1928 and 1932. The French couple got married in 1929.

Julius Skutnabb and Clas Thunberg of Finland won a combined eight speedskating medals in Chamonix.

Norway’s Sonja Henie finished eighth (out of eight) in figure skating in Chamonix. She was just 11 years old. Henie would go on to win gold in 1928, 1932, and 1936.


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