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  • 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

    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

    Åhlén lives out his curling dream

    At the time of the Winter Games in Chamonix, curling was a completely unknown sport in France. The 1924 Olympic curling tournament, which took place on 28-30 January, featured just three rinks, from Great Britain, Sweden and France. The host country’s severely inexperienced team had been swiftly cobbled together shortly before the Games and so they were not expected to feature in the battle for gold.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Curling, 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

    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

    Skutnabb sparks to life in the 10,000m

    Julius Skutnabb, a Helsinki fireman, was one of two big stars defending the colours of Finland at the Chamonix Games in the speed skating events, the other being the all-conquering Clas Thunberg. Together, the pair consistently outstripped the contingent of Norwegian medal hopefuls in the four distances and in the all-round competition.
    27 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Speed Skating, Finland, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Larsen delivers medal bonanza for Norway

    Boasting six medals from two Olympic Games, Norwegian Roald Larsen is one of just five male speed skaters to have achieved such a feat. He also shares, with Rintje Ritsma, (NED) the distinction of appearing on six podiums without ever winning a gold medal. In Larsen’s case, the reason for this was the relentlessly impressive form of Finland’s Clas Thunberg, who, like Larson, secured five top-three finishes at Chamonix 1924.
    27 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Speed Skating, Norway, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Thunberg racks up speed skating podiums

    As one of the most high-profile participants present at Chamonix 1924, Speed skater Clas Thunberg lived up to his pre-competition billing by collecting five medals (three golds, a silver and a bronze) – more than any other athlete.
    27 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Speed Skating, Olympic News, Finland
  • 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
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Chamonix Games take shape

    Over the course of just one year, a variety of Olympic facilities were built along the banks of the Arve, the river that carves its way through Chamonix Valley. The circular Olympic rink, which would also serve as the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, had a 27,660m2 skating surface installed, featuring a racing track and a curling sheet, which required prior construction of a concrete flood wall to support the embankment that was preventing the river from bursting its banks. The water pipes were then modified so that a thin layer of water could be sprayed onto the icy surface.
    25 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Olympic News
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