Paris France, 1924

Legacy of the Games

The Paris Games of 1924 were the last to be presided over by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. This was, however, the first time the Olympic Games started to have a widespread global appeal, with 44 countries taking part.

These Games were the first to include a Closing Ceremony as we know it today, with three flags being raised – the flag of the host country, the next host country and the International Olympic Committee.

The VIII Olympiad was the first time an Olympic Village had been used to house the athletes, in a series of wooden cabins. It also saw the last tennis competition until 1988.

The Games have become known as the ‘Chariots of Fire’ Games, as this was the event at which Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell competed against one another and were subsequently immortalised in the 1981 film ‘Chariots of Fire’.