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  • News | Paris 1924

    Teenager Barnes leaps to pole vault gold

    At the tender age of just 17, American Lee Barnes went to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris with minimal expectations.
    04 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Paris 1924

    Abrahams sees off Americans to clinch 100m gold

    The story of Harold Abrahams was given a good deal of poetic license when portrayed in Chariots of Fire, yet the reality was in fact no less dramatic or captivating.  
    03 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Paris 1924

    Blanchonnet steel wins double gold for France

    Leggy cyclist Armand Blanchonnet was not known as the Phenomenon for nothing in his native France, and he proved himself to be one of the most popular performers among the home crowd during the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
    01 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Cycling, France
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Tullin Thams soars with wind in his sails

    The ski jumping competition, held at Le Mont hill, brought the inaugural Olympic Winter programme to a close, attracting thousands of fans to the foot of the Bossons glacier on 4 February for what was expected to be a marvellous contest between 27 competitors representing nine nations.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Ski Jumping, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Haug excels in the shadow of Mont Blanc

    The word “legendary” is often bandied about in the sporting world without due merit, but it is entirely valid when applied to Nordic skier Thorleif Haug. The Norwegian’s impact can still be felt in his homeland today, where roads, ski runs and ski races are named after him, and where a bronze statue was erected in his honour in his native Drammen. He owes this revered status to his utter domination of the 50km and Nordic combined at Chamonix 1924, where he also demonstrated his versatility by finishing fourth in the ski jumping.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Brunet and Joly launch pioneering career

    “In the opinion of the experts, never has a pairs skating competition been so beautiful to watch and so difficult to judge, due to the quality of the competitors involved. Consequently, numerous couples were awarded the same number of points by several judges, and the standings were determined by the technical merit score, which outweighs the presentation score, as stipulated by the rules.” This was the way in which Frantz Reichel summed up the 1924 figure skating pairs competition in the official report for the Games.
    31 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Figure Skating, France, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Szabo lights up the ice

    Born in Vienna (AUT) on 22 February 1902, Herma Szabo had figure skating in her blood. She was the daughter of Christa Von Szabo, herself a two-time world champion in pair skating, and niece of Eduard Engelmann Jr., a three-time European men’s singles champion and the man behind the 1909 construction of the world’s first open-air artificial ice rink. Not surprisingly, she learned to skate from an early age. After showing great promise on the ice, she went on to fulfil her potential by amassing five consecutive individual gold medals at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships between 1922 and 1926, as well as two pairs titles with Ludwig Wrede (AUT) in 1925 and 1927.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Figure Skating, Austria, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Grafström takes figure skating gold

    In 1920, Sweden’s Gillis Grafström had prevailed in the figure skating at the Summer Games in Antwerp (BEL). Legend has it that, after breaking the blade of one of his skates, he was forced to buy an old pair unsuited for competition in the Belgian city’s shopping district, but still somehow managed to emerge with his first Olympic gold medal. He subsequently earned his first world title in his native Stockholm in 1922, and was well fancied to retain his Olympic title.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Figure Skating, Sweden, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Switzerland land military patrol gold

    The “military patrol” competition which took place in Chamonix on 30 January 1924 can be regarded as a forerunner of the modern biathlon. The cross-country skiing and rifle shooting elements were similar, but the difference was that it also contained a “patrol” component, where four-man teams, which had to include one officer, embarked on a 30km ski race as a unit. At the conclusion of the race the teams – minus the officer – took part in a shooting contest in which 30-second time bonuses could be gained for every target hit.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Biathlon, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Jewtraw becomes first-ever Winter Games champion

    As the winner of the 500m speed skating competition on the morning of Saturday 26 January, Charles Jewtraw (USA) had the honour of becoming the first gold medallist of the Olympic Winter Games. Jewtraw was a native of Lake Placid, the American village renowned for its frozen lakes, which would itself host two Winter Games, in 1932 and 1980.
    26 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Speed skiing, United States of America, Olympic News
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