The Olympic Games.
Out of all international sporting events, those three words possess the most fanfare. They evoke tradition, history—and the symbolic flame.
But if the Olympics are inspired from an ancient Greek tradition, then how did the Winter Games—featuring hockey, skating and curling—come to be?
The answer is complicated, and it’s the subject of my latest essay on Medium: “The ‘First’ Winter Olympics: How Chamonix 1924 iced out a rival Nordic competition.” In it, you can find out about the origins of the Olympics, the Olympics’ early rivalry with the Nordic Games, and of course, the ‘first’ Winter Games.
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Image: Poster for 1901 Nordic Games. (Author unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)