1924: Chamonix, France hosts the first Winter Olympic Games. American Charles Jewtraw became the first Winter Games champion by winning the first event, the 500m speed skating. Pictured: Figure skating bronze medallists Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet. Photo: Olympic.org
1924 also saw the birth of the winter olympics. Held in Chamonix, France. 16 nations participated with 258 athletes. Events were the bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, nordic skiing, military patrol skiing, cross-country skiing, nordic combined, and ski jumping.