Where were the first Winter Olympics held in 1924

February 6, 2022

The curious thing about the first Winter Olympics was that athletes and spectators never knew they were at the first Winter Olympics.

The first Winter Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France, but they were originally called “Winter Sports Week.” It wasn’t until two years later that the International Olympic Committee retroactively recognized the event as the first Winter Olympics.

Team USA speedskater Charles Jewtraw earned the first Winter Olympic medal by winning the 500m speedskating event, one of four medals the United States took home from the Chamonix Games.

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