Eighth Olympic Games. Paris 1924

Representatives from 44 countries

Despite the security measures that have been taken, the official position of the organizers does not guarantee the German representative circle. Other countries were invited to attend – Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey and Hungary. There were also exotic bands at that time, such as Ecuador, the Philippines, Haiti, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico and Uruguay.

There were 44 teams in total, men were at the front – 3092, women – only 136, and there were 126 competitions in 17 disciplines. It all started a little earlier than usual and lasted much longer than the subsequent Olympics, until July 27. It is interesting, as in many other Olympic Games, that there are parade systems in Paris, which unfortunately were not appreciated by the public. For the order, we specify that it was a game of palm, rowing, stick, pelota, and savet. We have to admit that, apart from the ball, they are a very old thing in world sports.

Summer Olympics, Paris 1924, Source Wikipedia/Public Domain

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Our Outstanding Male Representation – One woman, Wanda Dubinska, epee, has competed in 10 major competitions. Interestingly enough, I won two medals after that. The team won the silver medal – 4 x 4 km, the second bronze medal on horseback, in the vaulting competition. In other disciplines, I was only seventh in middleweight bouts.

We must realize that the trip paid by the state authorities was only a small amount of support … the rest was paid from public funds – these were the rules for financing sports representation at that time, and advertising rights fees were not yet in play implementation.

Americans, French and Finns

Suffice it to say that the American teams won the most medals – 99 of them 45 zlotys, Finland 37, including 14 zlotys, France 38, including 13 zlotys. It is very interesting and innovative in connection with these Olympic Games, that the first Olympic village was established and the individual teams were placed there. Ryszard Opiatowski, in his description of “Przegląd Sportowy”, refers to the history of the Paris Olympics as follows: “The sports world was delighted with Paavo Nurmi’s accomplishments, and the Poles were delighted with our national team’s debut at the Summer Games.” The emergence of this Finnish competitor is evidenced by the fact that Finland has a good position in the medal standings. The Finns dominated the cross-country race, winning eight gold medals, including five Paavo Nurmi. The protagonists of the race are Britain’s Harold Abraham and Eric Liddell, whose story later appeared in one of the best films of all time. Fire truck„.

Birth of Tarzan

The achievements of the American swimmer also deserve attention: “The birth of Tarzan. American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller was one of the Olympic champions. Born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1904 (Frieddorf). immigrated to the United States. With his family and becoming a great athlete there, he came to Paris, and in his glory, because he was the first man to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute (58.6 seconds) France won three gold medals. Medals in swimming competitions and a bronze medal in the water polo tournament! He later became famous for his lead role in a series of films about Tarzan. “

Norman Borzky, on the Historii.org.pl website, also publishes very important information: “The government and the authorities in Paris have allocated 30 million francs for the organization of the Games. A modern stadium with a capacity of more than 60,000 spectators, with a track and a 500-meter track built in the areas occupied by Racing Club de France (…) And most importantly, for the first time in history, the so-called Olympic village was erected near the facility, however, most of the athletes chose more comfortable hotels.Representatives were invited from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Czechoslovakia and Denmark.Egypt Ecuador, Estonia, Philippines, Finland, France, Greece, Haiti, Spain, Netherlands, British India, Japan, SHS Kingdom (Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, who come only from them), Canada, Cuba, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Uruguay, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland United, Hungary, Great Britain, Italy and the Union of South Africa. What is remarkable is the absence of Germany (Weimar Republic)… Officially, players were not allowed. They were not challenged because of b “their inability to guarantee their complete security”, but informally due to the strong nationalist prejudices of the French (Antigermanisme). China, despite the invitation, did not send any players. There was no Soviet Union that became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1951.”

It is worth remembering those ancient sporting events that shaped our day.


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