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  • 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

    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

    Åhlén lives out his curling dream

    At the time of the Winter Games in Chamonix, curling was a completely unknown sport in France. The 1924 Olympic curling tournament, which took place on 28-30 January, featured just three rinks, from Great Britain, Sweden and France. The host country’s severely inexperienced team had been swiftly cobbled together shortly before the Games and so they were not expected to feature in the battle for gold.
    30 Jan 1924 | Chamonix 1924, Curling, Sweden, 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

    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

    Nordlander leads Swedish charge in the eventing

    In the resolution adopted at the Sorbonne Congress in Paris back in 1894 that paved the way for the launch of the modern Olympic Games, the inclusion of equestrian sports on the programme had been discussed, a motion which received the enthusiastic support of Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
    17 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
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