What Skaters, Ski Jumpers, and Curlers Looked Like at the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Scenes from the Olympics.
Feb. 13 2014 8:10 PM

The Athletes of the First Winter Olympics

What skaters, ski jumpers, and curlers looked like in 1924.

Much has changed since the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The “International Winter Sports Week” featured about 250 athletes participating in 16 events across six sports, including the usual suspects like figure skating, bobsled, and ice hockey, as well as a military patrol competition. (The military event was won, strangely, by the Swiss.) Competitors’ attire was less slick and aerodynamic than we see today, with the look perhaps best described as Great Gatsby on Ice. Check out the best winter sportsmen of the 1920s in our collection of images from Chamonix.

Speedskaters at the starting line.
Speedskaters at the starting line.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

The Swedish and British curling teams.
The Swedish and British curling teams.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Three members of the Swedish curling team taking a break to have a drink.
Three members of the Swedish curling team taking a break to have a drink.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Clearing snow at the Olympic stadium.
Clearing snow at the Olympic stadium.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

An ice hockey team.
An ice hockey team.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Jacob Tullin Thams
Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway, gold medalist in ski jumping.

Photo via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Sonja Henie
Norway's Sonja Henie finished eighth (out of eight) in figure skating in Chamonix. She was just 11 years old. Henie would go on to win gold in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet
Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating in Chamonix before taking gold in 1928 and 1932. The French couple got married in 1929.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Julius Skutnabb and Clas Thunberg
Julius Skutnabb and Clas Thunberg of Finland won a combined eight speedskating medals in Chamonix.

Photo via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

bobsled
Competitors in the bobsled.

Photo via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

Bobsled
The silver-medal-winning British bobsled team.

Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

The audience and the official stand, Chamonix, 1924.
Spectators and the official stand.

Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report