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Feb 04 2022 - 03:00 PM
Today In History: First Winter Olympics Closes


Did you know that the first ever Winter Olympic games were held January 25th through February 4th, 1924 in Chamonix, France where 258 athletes from sixteen countries participated in sixteen contested events for bobsled, curling, figure skating, hockey, military patrol, skiing (cross-country, and jumping), and speed skating? The countries represented were: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, and Yugoslavia. On the tenth day, February 4th, Canada defended its hockey title and dominated in winning six of seven gold medals. Norway brought home the greatest number of medals, followed by Finland. Interestingly a new prize for mountaineering was awarded to Charles Granville Bruce of Great Britain who attempted to climb Mount Everett with his expedition team two years earlier.

The success of these games led to the decision by the International Olympic Committee that the Winter Olympics would be held every four years, separate from the Summer Olympics. Over time new sports have been added, among them: luge, Nordic combined, skeleton, snowboard, and short track speed skating.

The 2022 Winter Olympics are being hosted in Beijing, China, February 4th through 20th. Other host countries have been: Switzerland (St Moritz, 1928, 1948); the United States (Lake Placid, 1932, 1980; Squaw Valley, 1960; Salt Lake City, 2002); Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1936); Norway (Oslo, 1952; Lillehammer, 1994); Italy (Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1956; Torino, 2006); Austria (Innsbruck, 1964, 1976); France (Chamonix, 1924; Grenoble, 1968, Albertville, 1992); Japan (Sapporo, 1972; Nagano, 1998); Yugoslavia (Sarajevo, 1984); Canada (Calgary, 1998; Vancouver, 2010); Russia (Sochi, 2014); South Korea (PyeongChang, 2018).

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



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