The Initial Wintertime Olympic Games

The XXII Winter Olympics Live season Video games (or twenty second Winter Olympics), takes spot in the course of February 2014 while in the Russian town of Sochi. However, 90 a long time beforehand, the 1st at any time Wintertime Olympics was staged inside the alpine location of Chamonix, France in the shadow in the towering Mont Blanc.

Some ninety nations taking an surplus of two,five hundred athletes will before long descend upon the Russian city, competing in numerous winter sporting disciplines, all to generally be followed a month later through the XI Paralympic Wintertime online games at the exact place. All this is usually a much cry within the first winter online games held back again in January 1924, when only 258 competition from just sixteen nations competed in 18 events.

The competing nations in Chamonix had been hosts France, Belgium, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Wonderful Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Canada and also the America. They took element in gatherings this kind of as Bobsleigh, Curling, Ice Hockey, Pace Skating, Figure Skating and Nordic Snowboarding. It was not the initial time that supposed winter season sports activities experienced taken location at an Olympiad. Figure Skating experienced been contested in the summer Video games at London (1908) in addition to at Antwerp (1920), along with the Belgian city experienced also included Ice Hockey on its programme.

Following an international Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lausanne in 1921, there was a call for winter sports activities to get parity with their summer cousins which, right after substantially dialogue, became an “International Winter season Sporting activities 7 days,” held in affiliation using the Paris Summertime Games, to generally be staged at Chamonix.

The opening ceremonies took place on January twenty fifth plus a working day afterwards the action got underway with American Charlie Jewtraw attaining results inside the 500 metre pace skating function. The game titles however were being dominated by Finland and Norway successful 28 with the 43 offered medals amongst them. Speed skater Clas Thunberg of Finland took 3 gold medals whilst Norwegian Thorleif Haug also pocketed three golds for cross-country and Nordic snowboarding.

The host country, France, unsuccessful to gain any gold medals, ending up with just three bronze medals (the 1st time this had took place from the history in the contemporary Olympics), whilst the United states and Excellent Britain received 4 medals each individual. Prime from the medals table were Finland and Norway with four golds every single, even though Austria and Switzerland the two received 2.

It took until eventually 1974 for your remaining medal to become awarded. Some fifty a long time soon after the athletes experienced gone property, it had been identified that Ski-jumper and captain of the American team Anders Haugen, who had been recorded as ending 4th within the time with the function, must are placed in 3rd. This emerged right after a mathematical mistake on the score on the aforementioned Thorleif Haug arrived to light, shifting the Norwegian born American competitor up a location.

The 1st Game titles was classed as an general success, causing the IOC to determine in 1925 to organise an Olympic Wintertime Games to take place each and every 4 yrs, independently of its Summer season equal. At the same time the Chamonix function was retrospectively decreed since the very first Olympic Wintertime Online games.