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Athletes of the First Winter Olympics in 1924


Spectators and the official stand

The silver-medal-winning British bobsled team

The silver-medal-winning British bobsled team

Competitors in the bobsled

Competitors in the bobsled

Speedskaters at the starting line

Speedskaters at the starting line

The Swedish and British curling teams

The Swedish and British curling teams

Three members of the Swedish curling team taking a break to have a drink

Three members of the Swedish curling team taking a break to have a drink

Clearing snow at the Olympic stadium

Clearing snow at the Olympic stadium

An ice hockey team

An ice hockey team

Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway, gold medalist in ski jumping

Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway, gold medalist in ski jumping

Norway's Sonja Henie finished eighth (out of eight) in figure skating in Chamonix

Norway's Sonja Henie finished eighth (out of eight) in figure skating in Chamonix

Henie would go on to win gold in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating in Chamonix before taking gold in 1928 and 1932

Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating in Chamonix before taking gold in 1928 and 1932

The French couple got married in 1929.

Julius Skutnabb and Clas Thunberg of Finland won a combined eight speedskating medals in Chamonix

Julius Skutnabb and Clas Thunberg of Finland won a combined eight speedskating medals in Chamonix

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Holy smokes, the curling brooms were ACTUALLY brooms...

It all looks pretty rough compared to the winter Olympics of today.

Sure seems like it. But the athletes of today dedicate their entire lives to training.

Unclear the 1924 athletes did that. 

I was thinking about that last night, it's like you basically put your life on hold to train and compete, then start your real life after?  maybe at 30 or 35 years old, go to college, start a career.  I guess you do have the chance to hit it big, be the darling for a couple years, maybe turn into a coach.  I don't know if I would have done it, even if I had the skills!

Yes, that is the life they are committing to. And yes, it consumes their youth.

And yes, most of them will end up injured or not good enough to make the Olympics or not good enough to win a medal. The odds of winning are ridiculously low.

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