The first Olympic Winter Games began almost a century ago in Chamonix, France in 1924. Taking inspiration from the Nordic Games, the Winter Olympics featured popular events such as downhill skiing, hockey, ice skating, and curling. That’s right, professional ice-sweepers have been with us since the beginning. Since then, the number of events has exploded in size and new sports such as snowboarding and luge have joined the ranks.
Because of the international competitiveness, many events have seen dramatic changes in the strategies and gear that the Olympic teams rely on to win. At the same time, cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics have used the world stage as an opportunity to show off and grow their tourist economies. As a result, photos taken of the Winter Olympics over the last century make for a fascinating study of the history of sports culture and globalism. Also of brooms.