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  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    The first true Olympic Winter Games

    “Winter sports were included on the Olympic Charter in 1894 along with other sports, and I have worked tirelessly ever since to introduce them on the programme, albeit mindful of the material difficulties that need to be overcome in order to achieve that,” wrote Pierre de Coubertin, whose hard work finally came to fruition in the 1920s.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928
  • 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

    Harry Watson and the Canadian ice hockey goal glut

    “It’s our game,” Canadians often say of ice hockey. At Chamonix 1924, represented by the Toronto Granites, who earned the right to compete at the Games by triumphing in the Allan Cup (the trophy awarded to the national men’s amateur champions), Canada underlined the claim in stunning fashion. Racking up a series of phenomenal scores, they defeated Czechoslovakia 30-0, Sweden 22-0 and Switzerland 33-0 in their first-round group, scoring a jaw-dropping total of 85 goals and conceding none. In the final round, Canada saw off Great Britain (19-2) and the USA (6-1) to land a memorable Olympic title.
    03 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Ice Hockey, Canada, 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

    Birth of the Olympic Winter Games

    Events held on ice, such as figure skating (at London 1908 and Antwerp 1920) and ice hockey (at Antwerp 1920) had already featured at the Games prior to 1924, but IOC President Pierre de Coubertin was a strong advocate for integrating as many winter sports as possible in the Olympic programme, arguing that they should enjoy the same standing as summer sports.
    25 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Olympic News
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