Opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympic Games, 1924, Chamonix, France
The French standard bearer recites a solemn oath.
In fact, competitions in winter sports in Chamonix, began to be considered the first winter Olympics only after their successful completion:
"Since 1901, the so-called Northern (or Nordic) games were held, and therefore there was no need for their analogue with the name" Olympic ". The opinion of these countries (first of all, Norway and Sweden) had to be heard. However, The Northerners did not object to the inclusion of individual winter species in the Summer Games program. Opportunities for this arose due to the fact that artificial ice no longer became a serious technical problem. ice hockey.
Meanwhile, de Coubertin did not abandon efforts to establish full-fledged winter Olympics.On his side was the support of North American sports organizations that wanted to compete regularly on the ski tracks and ice tracks with the Europeans, as well as the diplomatic talents of the baron. In the end, it was possible to agree that at the beginning of 1924 in the French alpine town of Chamonix will take place ... no, not the first winter Olympiad, but the "International Sports Week on the occasion of the VIII Olympiad under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)." Competitions in Chamonix were held with such obvious success that no one argued about the need to continue them in the status of the official Olympic Games, and the Winter Games were subsequently numbered from this sporting event. ".