Before the Winter Olympics became the spectacle it is today, it began as a modest ensemble of athletes in Chamonix, France.
The snowy, French commune hosted the first winter games with 16 participating nations in 1924.
The event would forever change Chamonix; it propelled the town out of obscurity and into the global spotlight.
As the 2018 Olympics kicks off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, take a look at the history of the city that hosted the first winter games.
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In 1924, Chamonix, France held the first Winter Olympics, originally called “International Winter Sports Week.”
Before the games, Chamonix was a sleepy ski town.
Four years prior, it had built a cable car system to climb Mont Blannc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
10,000 spectators from across North America and Europe showed up for the Olympics.
Source: The International Olympic Committee
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