The Winter Olympics are right around the corner (February 9th) and I’m ridiculously excited because they are hands down my favourite (sorry Summer). Maybe it was because I grew up downhill skiing, watched figure skating on TV with my mother and cheered on Canada’s hockey team to gold medal wins. Whatever it is, I love these Olympics and so today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday is dedicated to them.
1st Winter Olympics: Chamonix, France 1924
General view of the Olympic Stadium.
Figure skaters Medalists-Herma Planck-Szabo of Hungary, Ethel Muckelt of Britain and Beatrix Loughran of the U.S.A. Planck-Szabo won gold, with Loughran and Muckelt taking silver and bronze respectively.
Pairs Figure Skating: Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet (FRA) 3rd.
English speed skaters training in Chamonix for the Games.
British Four-Man Bobsleigh team (this totally looks safe).
28th January 1924: The British Curling team.
St. Moritz, Switzerland 1928-These Winter Games were the first to be held in a different nation from the Summer Games of the same year.
Opening ceremony-the Canadian delegation.
Competitor jumping over barrels.
15-year-old figure skater, Sonja Henie of Norway takes the Gold during the Games. Her record as the youngest winner of an individual event stood for 74 years.
Lake Placid, United States 1932
Group portrait of the American men’s Olympic ski team seen on the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, February 4, 1932.
Ski trail finish line.
Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany 1936
Alpine Skiing-Oddbjörn Hagen.
German skater Maxi Herber practives her jumps in preparation for her performance, with partner Ernst Baier, in the Mixed Doubles Figure Skating Competition. Herber and Baier went on to win the gold medal in the event.
16 Feb 1936: Fireworks explode above the big ski jump tower during the Closing Ceremony.
St. Moritz, Switzerland 1948. After a 12-year break, caused by World War II these Games were named the “Games of Renewal”.
Hedy Schlunegger (Switzerland-Left) becomes first women’s downhill winner.
Barbara Ann Scott (Canada’s Sweetheart) becomes the first and only Canadian woman to win figure skating gold.
Oslo, Norway 1952
Austrian skier Trude Beiser-Jochum (#8, left) and German skier Anne Marie Buchner (#3) watch one of their competitors in the Women’s Slalom event.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy 1956
Anne Heggtveit (CAN) 29th, at the start.
This last image is the conclusion of our Vintage Photo Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed taking a chilly but interesting walk down Winter Olympics lane?
Question Time: Are you a fan of the Olympics? And if so what is your favourite sport? Share in the comments below and Happy Tuesday Friends!