There’s only 20 days to Springtime!
There’s only 20 days to Springtime, though the deep blanket of snow covering the road on my way to the office seems to suggest to me nothing but “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …”.
After weeks of riveting competition and dazzling spectacles against the backdrop of Pyeongchang's snow-capped mountains, the 23rd Olympic Winter Games has come to an end right today with a closing ceremony combining music and dance "somewhat interactive, allowing spectators to both get involved and stay warm”. According to the director of ceremonies it will have a "festival atmosphere to recognize and celebrate the athletes' hard work and achievements at the games." That’s what every Olympic game should aim to achieve then, celebrate sport under a unique flag, that of the fair play, the healthy competition and the ability to compete with other people accepting defeats. That’s the real spirit of the Olympics!
First modern Winter Olympic Games (Initially called Winter Sports Week) took place in Chamonix (France), a 12-day program where 16 countries gathered to compete in sports like figure skating, speed skating, hockey, curling and more between January 25 and February 5, 1924.
“Winter sports have about them a certain purity, and that is why I was inclined to support and nurture them in this Olympic environment.”
— Pierre de Coubertin, IOC President, at the closing of the games in 1924
According to the press of 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix were not a big deal on the international stage. However, it was just the first of many winter games to come and the International Olympic Committee was purposeful to keep on organising winter sports celebrations setting the standards for future competitions.
In what concerns the 1940 Winter Olympics, which would have been officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games, they were to have been celebrated from 3 to 12 February 1940 in Sapporo, Japan, but the games were eventually cancelled due to the onset of World War II. Therefore, it was for the 1944 Winter games, that would have been celebrated in February 1944 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Winter Olympic Games in Posters