1924 Olympic Games – Paris

Date Held: May 4 – July 27, 1924
Number of Countries: 44
Number of Athletes: 3,089
Number of Events: 126

The 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris were the final Olympics held under the IOC Presidency of Pierre de Coubertin, Germany was again not invited as bitter memories of WWI still existed. This was also the first Olympics attended by a Chinese delegation, although they did not compete in any events, but did participate in the Opening Ceremony. The 1924 Summer Olympics were quite popular with large crowds, though the Games still resulted in a net loss in terms of expenditures vs revenue.


Some highlights from the 1924 Olympics include:

  • Marathon distance reestablished at 26.2 miles based on the length of the race in London in 1908
  • American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller won three gold medals in swimming in the first use of the now standard length 50m Olympic length pool
  • The Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger)  was used for the first time at an Olympics
  • The 1924 Paris Games were the first with an Athlete’s Village
  • The first Winter Olympics had been held from Jan 25 – Feb 4, 1924 in Chamonix, France, although they were not considered Olympics per se at the time.

Links to artifact pages for 1924 Paris Olympic Games:

Winner’s Medals | Participation Medal | Poster | Diploma | Badge