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
In fact, Canada won fame through it’s hockey team (hmm…I’m pretty sure it still does! ) 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.
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.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will begin February 5.
*Readers: Do you follow the Olympics? What sports are your favorites? Have any of you ever been to a live Olympic event?