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Paris 1924 - Innovation and Continuity

In 1924, for the second time in its history, Paris is chosen to host the Summer Olympics. Between 4 May and 27 July 1924, the 126 events take place amid growing public enthusiasm. With 44 participating countries, compared with just 29 at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, the Olympic Games have become the world’s foremost sporting event.
 
Aerial View of Olympic Stadium of Colombes
In 1924, The Olympic Stadium of Colombes has a capacity of 60 000.
 
 
- The 1924 Paris Games,
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- Paris 1900, the first
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1924 is an exceptional year for France. After the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, the International Olympic Committee chooses Paris to host the upcoming summer Games.  For this VIII Olympiad, the French National Olympic Committee decides to build Olympic Stadium in Colombes, a few kilometres outside Paris.  A risky gamble that pays off.
 
The event is an instant success with the public: the stadium, which has a capacity of 60 000, is regularly filled by increasingly enthusiastic crowds.  Media coverage is of international proportions, with around one thousand journalists present throughout the event.
 
1924 sees major developments which constitute milestones in the history of the Games. These include the introduction of the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (faster, higher, stronger) and the closing ceremony tradition of flying three flags, i.e. those of the IOC, the present host country and the country which is to organise the next Games. For the first time, also, the 3 089 athletes are provided accommodation in an Olympic Village.
 
This VIII Olympiad is to be the last one organised under the Presidency of Pierre de Coubertin. In 1925, the Baron steps down as IOC President, stating that he has “completed his work”.
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