This Day In Sports History (February 4th) – 1st Winter Olympics
It was on this day in 1924 that the first ever Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix, France (officially known as the I Olympic Winter Games) held its closing ceremonies. The games began on January 25, and throughout the course of the next 10 days, 49 medals were handed out in bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, military patrol, Nordic skiing and speed skating.
Norway would finish on top of the medal standings with a total of 17 (4 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze). They were followed by Finland’s 11 (4 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze). No other country accumulated more than four medals. The first gold medal to ever be awarded at a Winter Games would go to Charles Jewtraw of the United States, who finished first in the men’s 500-meter speed skating event.
Much like the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympics would continue to take place every four years, however, it would be canceled in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II, and in 1994 it took place after only 2 years in order to prevent it from occurring on the same year as the Summer Olympics.
Here are some highlights from the 1924 Winter Games.
Denis Savard, NHL – Born February 4, 1961 (age 53) in Pointe Gatineau, Quebec
Lawrence Taylor, NFL – Born February 4, 1959 (age 55) in Williamsburg, Virginia
Oscar De La Hoya, Boxing – Born February 4, 1973 (age 41) in Montebello, California