About the Games
A total of 258 athletes from 16 countries participated in the first ever Winter Olympics. They participated in 16 events of the following sports: curling, bobsleigh, figure and speed skating, ice hockey, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, and military patrol.
Most medals won (a total of 10 teams) by: 1. Norway – 17 (4, 7, 6), 2. Finland – 11 (4, 4, 3), 3. Austria – 3 (2, 1, 0).
The Games were organized by the French Olympic Committee. Originally the event was named as the “International Winter Sports Week”, but with the success of the event it was renamed by the IOC as the I Olympic Winter Games.
American Charles Jewtraw became the first Winter Games champion by winning the first event, the 500 m speed skating.
Canada triumphed in the ice hockey tournament. During the first three matches the Canadians managed to score 85 times without conceding a single goal. On its way towards victory, Canada scored a total of 122 times and missed only three goals.
The 11-year old Norwegian Sonja Henie was the youngest participant of the Games. Although she placed last in the figure skating event, she became very popular with fans. S. Henie went on to win gold at the next three Winter Olympics.
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