Olympics and Canada: This Day In Canadian History

1924 olympics

90 years since the first Winter Olympics.

This day in Canadian history marks the beginning of the first ever winter Olympics in Chamonix, France.  Canadians were definitely among the first participants!

Canadians and Hockey

hockey stick

In fact, Canada won fame through it’s hockey team (hmm…I’m pretty sure it still does! Winking smile) when they scored 85 times in their first three games without conceding one goal!   They earned themselves a gold medal with 122 goals total (only 3 goals against them).

vs Czechoslovakia 30-0

vs Sweden 22-0

vs Switzerland 33-0

Canadians have since established themselves as hockey leaders in the Olympics.

Other Events

There were nine events in the Olympics that first year: the Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Speed Skating.  Norway and Finland were the leading countries when it came to medals.   Norway earned 17 medals and Finland won 11 medals.

The games lasted for a week and the final medal ceremony was held on February 5th.  It is interesting that a number of participants had already headed home when the medals were awarded so some of them were accepted by teammates.  I don’t think you would see that happening in the Olympics today.

Unfortunately, the Canadian team was only able to win a medal in the Ice Hockey event.  Since then they have managed to do a little better in the winter games, with many more events now being offered.

For more information and pictures from the first winter games you can head over to Olympic.org and TSN.ca

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will begin February 5.

This Day

*Readers: Do you follow the Olympics?  What sports are your favorites?  Have any of you ever been to a live Olympic event?


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2 thoughts on “Olympics and Canada: This Day In Canadian History

  1. I’m loving reading these snippets of Canadian history, because, I’ll be honest…I know nothing about Canadian history. Lol! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Thanks Nicole! I’m enjoying writing them. =) I LOVE Canadian History. Some of these “snippets” are things I didn’t know either..so I’m learning more through them as well.

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