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  • News | Paris 1924

    Kinsey pips Atkinson in dramatic hurdles final

    There’s something about the sprint hurdles which creates excitement on the biggest stage, and at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris the story was no different.  
    06 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, South Africa
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Winter Games given stamp of approval

    During the Closing Ceremony on 5 February 1924, IOC President Pierre de Coubertin took to the stage to deliver a memorable speech. “Winter sports have about them a certain purity, and that is why I was inclined to support and nurture them in this Olympic environment,” he stated.
    05 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Closing Ceremony, 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

    Drury propels US hockey team to runners-up spot

    Herbert Drury was born in Midland, Ontario (CAN) on 2 March 1896, but his ice hockey career led him to the USA, where he starred for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets, prior to joining the US army and fighting in the First World War, after which he was granted American citizenship for services rendered to his adopted country.
    03 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Ice Hockey, 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
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Let the Games begin!

    On 25 January 1924, on the morning of the Opening Ceremony, there was an immense feeling of collective relief, as, after several days of rain, during which the newly built ice rink had at times resembled a pond, local temperatures finally dropped, bringing the freezing weather that the organisers had prayed for. To top things off, the sun even made an appearance, illuminating the entire valley and encouraging a huge number of sport enthusiasts from the town and surrounding areas to attend the opening.
    25 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Opening Ceremony, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Anspach spearheads Belgians to epée golds

    In the absence of the traditionally strong French, who boycotted the fencing competitions at the 1912 Games due to a disagreement over the rules, the Belgians dominated the epée events in Stockholm, winning the team gold and occupying two of the three podium spots in the individual event.
    13 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Stockholm shows its sunny side during Opening Ceremony

    The Opening Ceremony took place on 6 July. The attendance was given as 13,653, and the crowd witnessed a superb spectacle. “Stockholm was in its most festive dress,” reads the Official Report. “The sun shone from a cloudless sky and lent its radiance to the thousand flags of the competing nations, as the colours, fraternally mingled, swayed and flaunted over the crowded streets.”
    06 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Swedish capital primed for “classic” Games

    Stockholm’s status as host of the 1912 Olympic Games was confirmed on 28 May, 1909. Sweden’s National Gymnastic and Sporting Association had concluded “that the fact of having the Games at Stockholm would not only promote the healthy development of the athletic movement in Sweden, but would also be of the greatest importance for the country as a whole”.
    06 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
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