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  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Defying the elements

    The Games were held in weather conditions that were unpredictable to say the least. The Opening Ceremony, held at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday 11 February 1928, took place in a blizzard. As the snow fell, 1,200 officials and participants paraded before the members of the IOC and the COS, with the assembled dignitaries including the President of the Swiss Confederation Edmund Schulthess and Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the prince consort of the Netherlands, who was representing Amsterdam, the host city of the Summer Games later that year.
    11 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Opening Ceremony
  • 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

    Grøttumsbråten lays down marker in Chamonix

    As he prepared to compete in Chamonix, 25-year-old Norwegian Johan Grøttumsbråten was only just beginning to scratch the surface of one of the greatest Olympic Nordic skiing careers in history. Remarkably, the Oslo-born athlete would go on to obtain a medal in every Olympic event he entered.
    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

    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

    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

    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 | 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
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