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  • 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

    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 | 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 | Stockholm 1912

    Durack puts women’s swimming on the Olympic map

    The 1912 Games were a groundbreaking edition for female Olympians. For the first time, swimming competitions for women were included – with 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle races on the programme.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Bathe in glory

    Few Olympians have been as appropriately named as Walter Bathe. Born in what is now Poland, the German began swimming at the age of eight to build up his constitution. He became a member of the ASV Wroclaw club and, by 1912, was performing at a high enough standard to represent Germany at the Olympic Games.Bathe was a breaststroke specialist, who had twice broken the world record over 100m in 1910. But in Stockholm he was entered into the 200m and 400m events.
    10 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Magnificent Lewis takes the road to glory

    Cycling had a limited presence at Stockholm 1912, and almost did not appear on the schedule at all. In fact, this was the only time in the Games’ history that didn’t feature track cycling, with the sole event being a road race that took place around Lake Malaren, Sweden’s third largest lake, on 7 July.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Thorpe conquers all to become first great all-round Olympian

    Jim Thorpe is now widely acknowledged as one of the most talented all-round athletes of the 20th century. His successes in Stockholm were clouded in controversy for many years, but they can now be enjoyed for the superb pieces of sporting achievement that they were.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Kolehmainen crowned king of the track

    No track athlete had a better record at the 1912 Games than the Finn Hannes Kolehmainen, who took home three gold medals and set the same number of Olympic records. He could claim to be the first great distance runner of the Olympic Games, winning the 5,000m, 10,000m and individual cross country events in thrilling fashion – while also taking a silver in the team cross country discipline, which was effectively decided by aggregating the results achieved by a country’s competitors in the individual race.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Winslow and Kitson dominate men’s tennis

    South African duo Winslow and Kitson were both friends and foes during the 1912 Games – winning the outdoor doubles tennis competition together but going head-to-head in the final of the singles event.
    05 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
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