Chamonix– the host city of the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924.
- Photo: Chamonix in 1924 Source: olympic.org
In teh beginning, it was a week.
Held as an experiment, the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix made history under the name of "International Sports Week on the occasion of the VIII Olympic Games." However, the highly organized and popular event has led to the past "week" being retroactively renamed as the first Olympic Winter Games and the IOC, under whose patronage the Games were held, made the historic decision to continue to hold winter competitions.
Altogether, 293 representatives from 17 countries competed in 9 types of sport in Chamonix. Sixteen sets of medals were awarded.
- Photo: speed skating competitions. Source: olympic.org
At the mercy of weather.
At the time of the first Winter Games in 1924, Chamonix was a small village with a population of 5000. However, even such a small number of residents were able to organize the competition brilliantly, completely relieving athletes from everyday hassles. The only thing that significantly disturbed the Olympic plans was the fickle and unstable weather. It so happened, that over the course of just one day, the temperature at the ski track rose from -8 to +18 degrees Celsius, which made it impossible to continue with the competition. The skaters of Chamonix were affected by the fickle weather as well — their competitions, which were stretched over two days, had to be replayed, as many of the participants found themselves in conditions less favorable than their competitors.