February 5, 1924, 1st Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France

Under the International Olympic Committee, the modern Olympic games developed different winter games, which were not implemented until February 5, 1924. Technically, it was held in Germany in 1916 but was averted due to the first world wars. The  IOC then decided to host the games in Chamonix, Mont Blanc, in 1924, about eight years later.

The French government accepted and invited the games and proceeded to host the first Winter Olympic games that ever existed. Sixteen countries attended the event, with over 300 athletes in a more definite consideration. There were only 11 women present at the games. Among the most notable females was the 11-year-old Sonja Henie, who became a star in the Figure Skating competitions. She had come from the last place and was the best and most decorated competitor in the figures skating games in history. She conquered many places, including Hollywood, with her Ice on fashion designs.

The success of the event leads to the creation of subsequent events.

There were also concerns over the growing global instability, a threat to the event’s success. The 1924 winter Olympic games had 16 events in a span of nine disciplines, including curling, bobsleigh, biathlon, figure skating, cross country skiing, ice hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping, and speed skating. Chamonix winter Olympic games were technically renamed “The international Winter Sports Meet.” The Chamonix winter Olympic was a big success and helped spread the relevance and essence of the winter Alpine Skiing that gained autonomous support globally. The IOC later announced that they would proceed with similar events regularly, at different regulated intervals. The Winter Olympic games in 1924 were held in the same year that Olympic summer games were held. The Olympic summer games back then were held in Paris. The Winter Olympic games have today been put two years apart.