Games of the 8 Olympiad,1924
|City||Paris, France (Le Havre - sailing)|
- The Olympic games 1924 had initially been scheduled for Amsterdam, Netherlands over other candidate cities - Barcelona, Spain, Los Angeles, USA, Rome, Italy and Prague, Czechoslovakia.
- However, in his final act, Pierre de Coubertin, the IOC President, transferred the Games to Paris, France - he wanted to give France a chance to redeem itself after the failure of the Games 1900 in Paris.
- It was the first time the city held Olympics for the second time.
Games of the 8 Olympiad,1924 - Some interesting facts
- French President Gaston Doumergue officially opened the Olympic games 1920 at the 60,000-seat Olympic stadium.
- The Olympic motto - "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Faster, Higher, Stronger), was used for the first time.
- New Olympic tradition was introduced in Paris 1924 - the Closing ceremony tradition of raising three flags: the IOC flag, the host nation's and the next host nations flag.
- Athletes lived in the first Olympic Village in wooden cabins.
- A new point scoring system was introduced by the media - 7 points are credited for first-place in the various events, 5 points for second-place, 4 points for third-place, 3 points for fourth-place, 2 points for fifth-place and 1 point for sixth-place.