With the Sochi 2014 Olympics approaching fast, we wanted to look back into the film archive that www.olympic.org is gradually releasing. These clips offer a fascinating glimpse not just into the history of winter sport but also global fashion, technology, politics, and hairstyles.
This “best of” clip covers a bit of pretty much everything since the first Winter Games in 1924:
Here’s a reel of the inaugural 1924 Chamonix Games – briefly known as “Winter Sports Week”. (“Winter Olympics”: a much catchier name). Those Team Canada hockey jerseys would be much-coveted today:
Time-shift way up to Innsbruck, 1976. That skydivers-locking-limbs opening ceremony – a quintessential deep-’70s moment.
Fast-forward to two clips of the Calgary ’88 Games. I remember these Games, and the ’80s vintage look of the outfits is a bit shocking; has that much time really passed since I was in high school? Were skis really that skinny? With the enigmatic ski jumper Matti Nykänen, the crowd-favourite Jamaican bobsled team, and much else besides…memorable Games for sure.
Another fast-forward to to the next Canadian Winter Olympics, Vancouver 2010. Bilodeau, McIvor, Montgomery – a record-breaking 14 Golds for Canada; the podium was (mostly) owned: