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  • 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
  • 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
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Antwerp 1920: tug of war and a 72-year-old medallist

    Are you familiar with tug of war? Did you know that only two teams took part in the rugby 15s competition, that the oldest Olympic medallist in history was a 72-year-old Swede or that Brazil already had its first gold medallist 100 years ago? Here are some facts from the great history of the Games.
    17 Apr 1920 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Tug of War, Shooting, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Weightlifting
  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Exactly 100 years ago, the Games of the VII Olympiad began on ice

    Not long after the end of the First World War, the city of Antwerp hosted the Games of the VII Olympiad, a magnificent edition studded with achievements that have gone down in history. The Games began in the Flemish city on 20 April 1920 at the Palais de Glace with figure skating, returning to the Olympic programme after its debut at London 1908, and ice hockey, which was making its first appearance. Both events proved to be a huge success. 
    17 Apr 1920 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Inseparable Ahlgren and Bohling share wrestling gold

    Swedish wrestler Anders Ahlgren and his Finnish rival, Ivar Bohling, took joint honours in the Greco-Roman ‘Middle Weights B’ category (the light heavyweight category in modern parlance), after contesting one of the most remarkable showdowns ever seen at an Olympic Games.
    15 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Wrestling, Sweden
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Hands-on Taipale wins double discus gold

    Olympic debutant Armas Taipale was another outstanding Finnish athlete to prosper in Stockholm, winning two gold medals in the discus events.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Athletics, Finland
  • News | London 1908

    Syers skates to landmark gold

    Women were not yet permitted to participate in athletics events at the Olympics, but they competed in what was a landmark event for the Games when figure skating joined the list of events in 1908.
    28 Oct 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Swahn's way leads to double shooting gold

    If Edgar Syers’ bronze medal at the age of 45 was a noteworthy achievement, marksman Oscar Swahn’s feat deserves superlatives of its own. The Swede had turned 60 by the time the running deer events came around in July 1908 – and his double victory proved to be just the start of an Olympic story that barely seems credible today.
    10 Jul 1908 | London 1908, Shooting, Sweden
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