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  • News | Paris 1924

    Teenager Barnes leaps to pole vault gold

    At the tender age of just 17, American Lee Barnes went to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris with minimal expectations.
    04 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Paris 1924

    Abrahams sees off Americans to clinch 100m gold

    The story of Harold Abrahams was given a good deal of poetic license when portrayed in Chariots of Fire, yet the reality was in fact no less dramatic or captivating.  
    03 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Paris 1924

    Blanchonnet steel wins double gold for France

    Leggy cyclist Armand Blanchonnet was not known as the Phenomenon for nothing in his native France, and he proved himself to be one of the most popular performers among the home crowd during the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
    01 Jul 1924 | Paris 1924, Cycling, France
  • 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

    Scherrer’s stroke of luck leads to Olympic success

    When Captain Eduard Scherrer, a native of Switzerland, the spiritual home of bobsleigh, entered a local raffle in the early 1920s, competing at the Olympic Games was probably not at the forefront of his mind. After winning a bobsleigh in the draw, however, he and his friends Alfred Neveu, Alfred Schläppi and Heinrich Schläppi, took it for runs in the surrounding icy countryside. Eventually they decided to enter the Swiss trials for the Chamonix Games, which they duly won.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Bobsleigh, Switzerland, Olympic News
  • News | Chamonix 1924

    Tullin Thams soars with wind in his sails

    The ski jumping competition, held at Le Mont hill, brought the inaugural Olympic Winter programme to a close, attracting thousands of fans to the foot of the Bossons glacier on 4 February for what was expected to be a marvellous contest between 27 competitors representing nine nations.
    04 Feb 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Ski Jumping, Norway, 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

    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

    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
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