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In 1924 Chamonix, France hosted the "international Winter Sports Week". Two years after the event they retroactively declared Chamonix to be officially the first ever Winter Olympic Games. 16 nations competed in the 16 events from 9 different sports. France also hosted the 1900 Games in Paris prior to these Games. After Chamonix, France hosted the 1924 summer Games in Paris, the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble and finally the 1992 Winter Games in Albertsville.

After Chamonix and the Paris Games, the IOC forbid such practices as compensating athletes for time taken away from work to compete, making it almost impossible for working-class athletes to participate.

Due to an error in computing the scores, American Anders Haugen is placed in fourth in ski jumping, behind Norway's Thorleif Haug. This is discovered in 1974, and Haugen is awarded the bronze in a special ceremony.

Voting results for the 1924 Winter Olympic Games
City Country Round 1
Chamonix France Initiative of Paris 1924

Medal table

Rank Country Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Total
1 Norway 4 7 6 17
2 Finland 4 3 3 10
3 Austria 2 1 0 3
4 United States 1 2 1 4
5 Canada 1 0 1 2
5 Switzerland 1 0 1 2
7 Sweden 1 0 0 1
8 Great Britain 0 1 2 3
9 Belgium 0 0 1 1
10 France 0 0 1 1

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See Also

  • Logos - A collection of logos featuring this event.


Preceded by
Antwerp 1920
Succeeded by
Paris 1924
Preceded by
First Games
Winter Olympics
Succeeded by
St. Moritz 1928
Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
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Winter Olympic Games
Chamonix 1924St. Moritz 1928Lake Placid 1932Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936St. Moritz 1948Oslo 1952Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956Squaw Valley 1960Innsbruck 1964Grenoble 1968Sapporo 1972Innsbruck 1976Lake Placid 1980Sarajevo 1984Calgary 1988Albertville 1992Lillehammer 1994Nagano 1998Salt Lake City 2002Torino 2006Vancouver 2010Sochi 2014Pyeongchang 2018Beijing 2022Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026