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  • 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 | 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

    Swedes praised for “most effective games yet”

    “On looking back at the Olympic Games of Stockholm it is easily seen that they were much more comprehensive than they had ever been expected to become,” reads the Official Report’s conclusion to the event. Stockholm 1912 had certainly been the biggest Olympic Games yet. In total, 3,282 athletes had taken part – representing 27 different countries – while 487 official foreign representatives had visited the event and some 280 international journalists had been present to cover it.
    27 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, 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
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Adlerz swoops to conquer in the diving pool

    Swedish diver Erik Adlerz enjoyed a spectacular second appearance at the Olympic Games, winning two gold medals and making history in the process.
    15 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • 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
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Hodgson’s stroke of genius

    Canadian swimmer George Hodgson was just 18 when the 1912 Games came around. He proceeded to make his mark in short but devastating fashion, winning two gold medals and outshining a number of far more decorated rivals.
    14 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Fuchs underlines Hungarian sabre supremacy

    Just as the Belgians reigned supreme in the epée and the Italians showed their prowess in the foil, in the sabre events it was the Hungarians who underlined their status as world masters, completing a clean sweep in the individual competition and winning gold in the team competition.
    14 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Anspach spearheads Belgians to epée golds

    In the absence of the traditionally strong French, who boycotted the fencing competitions at the 1912 Games due to a disagreement over the rules, the Belgians dominated the epée events in Stockholm, winning the team gold and occupying two of the three podium spots in the individual event.
    13 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
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