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1924 Summer Olympics

Games of the VIII Olympiad
Host city Paris, France
Nations participating 44
Athletes participating 3,089
(2,954 men, 135 women)
Events 126 in 17 sports
Opening ceremony 4 May
Closing ceremony 27 July
Officially opened by President Gaston Doumergue
Athlete's Oath Géo André
Stadium Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir

The 1924 Summer Olympics (French: Les Jeux olympiques d'été de 1924), officially known as the Games of the VIII Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1924 in Paris, France. It was the second time Paris hosted the games, after 1900. The selection process for the 1924 Summer Olympics consisted of six bids, and saw Paris be selected ahead of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Prague and Rome. The selection was made at the 29th IOC Session in Lausanne in 1921.[1]

The cost of the Games of the VIII Olympiad was estimated to be 10,000,000. With total receipts at 5,496,610₣, the Olympics resulted in a hefty loss despite crowds that reached 60,000 people at a time.[2]


  • Highlights 1
  • Medals awarded 2
    • Demonstration sports 2.1
  • Venues 3
  • Participating nations 4
  • Medal count 5
  • See also 6
  • Last surviving competitor 7
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


  • The opening ceremony and several sporting events took place in the Olympic Stadium of Colombes 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 the long distance running, whilst the British and Americans dominated the shorter events. Paavo Nurmi won the 1500 m and 5,000 m (which were held with only an hour between them) and the cross country run. Ville Ritola won the 10,000 m and the 3,000 m steeplechase, while finishing second to Nurmi on the 5,000 m and cross country. Albin Stenroos won the marathon, while the Finnish team (with Nurmi and Ritola) was victorious in the 3,000 m and cross country team events.
  • British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell won the 100 m and 400 m events, respectively. Their stories are depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. In addition Douglas Lowe won the 800 m competition.
  • The marathon distance was fixed at 42.195 km (26.219 mi), from the distance run at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.
  • The 1924 Olympics were the first to use the standard 50 m pool with marked lanes.
  • Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller won three gold medals in swimming and one bronze in water polo.
  • Harold Osborn won gold medals and set Olympic records in both the high jump and the decathlon at the 1924 Olympics. His 6' 6" high jump remained the Olympic record for 12 years, while his decathlon score of 7,710.775 points also set a new world record, and resulted in worldwide press coverage calling him the "world’s greatest athlete".
  • Fencer Roger Ducret of France won five medals, of which three were gold.
  • In gymnastics, 24 men scored a perfect 10. Twenty-three of them scored it in the now discontinued event of rope climbing. Albert Seguin scored a 10 here and also a perfect 10 on side vault.
  • Unexpectedly, the national team of Uruguay won the gold medal in football.
  • The Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was used for the first time at the Olympics. It had been used before by the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques, a French sporting federation whose founding members included Pierre de Coubertin.[3] De Coubertin took the motto from his friend Henri Didon, a Dominican priest who had coined during a speech before a Paris youth gathering of 1891.[4]
  • 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 ("Week of Winter Sports") 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)
  • These were the first Games to feature an Olympic Village.
  • The Art competitions at the 1924 Summer Olympics were the first time that the Olympic Art competitions were contested seriously with 193 entries in five categories. A total of 14 medals were awarded, though none were given in the music category.[5]

Medals awarded

Overall map of the Olympic venues

126 events in 23 disciplines, comprising 17 sports, were part of the Olympic program in 1924. The number of events in each discipline is noted in parentheses.

Demonstration sports


Participating nations

Participating Countries of the 1924 Olympiad
Number of athletes

A total of 44 nations were represented at the 1924 Games.

Preceded by
Summer Olympic Games

VIII Olympiad (1924)
Succeeded by
  • "Paris 1924". International Olympic Committee. 
  • Picture of the Olympic Stadium of Colombes
  • History of the Olympic Stadium (French)
  • Original footage of the opening ceremony of the 1924 Summer Olympics (by Polygoon) (Dutch)

External links

  • (ed.) M. Avé, Comité Olympique Français. Les Jeux de la VIIIe Olympiade Paris 1924 – Rapport Officiel (PDF) (in French). Paris: Librairie de France. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  • "Paris 1924". International Olympic Committee. 
  • "Results and Medalists". International Olympic Committee. 
  • 1924 medal winners – from CBS


  1. ^ "Past Olympic host city election results".  
  2. ^ Zarnowski, C. Frank (Summer 1992). "A Look at Olympic Costs" (PDF). Citius, Altius, Fortius 1 (1): 16–32. Retrieved 24 March 2007. 
  3. ^ The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC- Athens to Beijing, 1894–2008: David Miller (2008)
  4. ^ "Opening Ceremony" (pdf). International Olympics Committee. 2002. p. 3. Retrieved 23 August 2012. ; "Sport athlétique", 14 mars 1891: "[...] dans une éloquente allocution il a souhaité que ce drapeau les conduise ‘souvent à la victoire, à la lutte toujours’. Il a dit qu’il leur donnait pour devise ces trois mots qui sont le fondement et la raison d’être des sports athlétiques: citius, altius, fortius, ‘plus vite, plus haut, plus fort’.", cited in Hoffmane, Simone La carrière du père Didon, Dominicain. 1840 - 1900, Doctoral thesis, Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, 1985, p. 926; cf. Michaela Lochmann, Les fondements pédagogiques de la devise olympique „citius, altius, fortius"
  5. ^ M. Avé, Comité Olympique Français, pp. 601–612
  6. ^ Guttmann, Allen (1992). The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. p. 38.  
  7. ^ (ed.) M. Avé, Comité Olympique Français. Les Jeux de la VIIIe Olympiade Paris 1924 – Rapport Officiel (PDF) (in French). Paris: Librairie de France. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 39 seulement s’alignérent, ne représentant plus que 24 nations, la Chine, le Portugal et la Yougoslavie ayant déclaré forfait. 
  8. ^ Georgiou, Mark (26 March 2012). "Everest Olympic medal pledge set to be honoured". BBC News. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Douglas, Ed (19 May 2012). "'My modest father never mentioned his Everest expedition Olympic gold'". London: Retrieved 31 August 2012. 


The last surviving competitor of the 1924 Summer Olympics was Croatian swimmer Ivo Pavelić, who died on 22 February 2011 at the age of 103.

Last surviving competitor

See also

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 45 27 27 99
2 Finland 14 13 10 37
3 France (host nation) 13 15 10 38
4 Great Britain 9 13 12 34
5 Italy 8 3 5 16
6 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

medals the 1924 Games.

These are the top ten nations that won

Medal count

  • China, also took part in the Opening Ceremony, but its four athletes (all tennis players) withdrew from competition.[7]

). Chamonix in 1924 Winter Olympics attended the Summer Olympic Games for the first time (having both appeared earlier at the Poland and Latvia attended the Olympic Games for the first time. Uruguay, and Philippines, the Lithuania, Ireland, Haiti, Ecuador (although did not compete), China [6]

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