Saturday, September 1, 2012

1924 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony - Chamonix

Chamonix, France
1924
Stade Olympique de Chamonix - site of the first Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games
Olympic Ceremony Records
italics indicate records at the time
  • First Olympic Winter Games
  • First Nation to Host 2 Official Olympic Games (1900, 1924 Winter)
  • First Opening Ceremony Held on Ice
  • Largest Crowd to Attend an Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (~10,000)
  • Largest Stadium to Host an Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (45,000)
  • Most Nations Participating in a Winter Olympics - 16
  • Most Athletes Participating in a Winter Olympics - 258
  • Most Events in a Winter Olympics - 16
Opening Ceremony
Stade Olympique de Chamonix (45,000)
January 24, 1924

Video


Opening Ceremony Highlights
The Opening Ceremony of the first Winter Olympics were extremely simple.  Officially, the IOC did not recognize these games separate from the 1924 Summer Games in Paris at the time, so the simple ceremony was mainly designed to detail the taking of the Olympic Oath.  Another interesting element was that the Parade of Nations were held entirely in alphabetical order, with France entering in the middle of the order.

  • Parade of Nations
  • French Under Secretary of State declares the games open
  • Olympic Oath
Photos
Gold Medal from the 1924 Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France
Official Poster of the I Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France

Athlete's Oath at the 1924 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony of the I Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France

1 comment:

  1. This was my second time attending an event at this place, and was my first business event here (the other event was a charity show).

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