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1924 Summer Olympics

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The Games of the VIII Olympiad were held in 1924 in Paris, France. Paris was chosen to host the Games over bids of Amsterdam, Berlin, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Rome.

Games of the VIII Olympiad
Nations participating44
Athletes participating3,092 (2,956 men, 136 women)
Events126 in 17 sports
Opening ceremoniesMay 4, 1924
Closing ceremoniesJuly 27, 1924
Officially opened byPresident Gaston Doumergue
Athlete's OathGeorges André
Judge's Oathnot applicable
Olympic Torchnot applicable
StadiumStade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
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Highlights

  • The opening ceremony and several sporting events took place in the Olympic Stadium of Colombes (official name Stade olympique Yves-du-Manoir), which had a capacity of 45,000 in 1924.
  • This VIII Olympiad was the last one organised under the presidency of Pierre de Coubertin.
  • The "Flying Finns" dominated long distance running. Paavo Nurmi won the 1500 m and 5000 m (which were held with only an hour between them) and the cross country run (held in extremely hot weather). Ville Ritola won the 10000 m and the 3000 m steeplechase, while finishing second to Nurmi on the 5000 m and cross country. Albin Stenroos won the marathon, while the Finnish team (with Nurmi and Ritola) was victorious in the 3000 m and cross country team events.
  • British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell won medals in the 100 and 400 m, respectively. Their stories are depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire.
  • The marathon distance was fixed at 42 km and 195 m, from the distance run at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.
  • Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller won three gold medals and a bronze one in water polo.
  • Fencer Roger Ducret of France won five medals, of which three gold.
  • The Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Faster, Higher, Stronger), was used for the first time.
  • Ireland was given formal recognition as an independent nation in the Olympic Movement in Paris in 1924 and it was at these games that Ireland made its first appearance in an Olympic Games as an independent nation.
  • Originally called Semaine des Sports d'Hiver ("International Winter Sports Week") and held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, the sports competitions held in Chamonix between 25 January and 5 February 1924 were later designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the I Olympic Winter Games. (1924 Winter Olympics)

Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

Medal count

(Host nation in bold.)

Top medal-collecting nations:
(for the full table, see 1924 Summer Olympics medal count)

1924 Summer Olympics medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 45 27 27 99
2 Missing image
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Finland
14 13 10 37
3 France 13 15 10 38
4 Great Britain 9 13 12 34
5 Missing image
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Italy
8 3 5 16
6 Missing image
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Switzerland
7 8 10 25
7 Norway 5 2 3 10
8 Sweden 4 13 12 29
9 Netherlands 4 1 5 10
10 Belgium 3 7 3 13

See also

External links


Olympic Games
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Winter Olympic Games
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¹Not currently recognised as official by the IOC.     ²Cancelled due to war.
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