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Paris and the Olympics

ByJohn Horne, Garry Whannel

This chapter outlines organizational issues of the 1900 and 1924 Olympic Games before proceeding to a more detailed account of the processes that led to the awarding of the 2024 Games to Paris and the subsequent issues of planning and preparing. In 1900 in Paris the Olympic Games were, unquestionably, overshadowed by the World’s Fair, and, at an early stage, Coubertin lost control of the staging of the Games. At first, Coubertin’s committee was welcomed enthusiastically in Paris. The Paris 1900 poster features a woman holding fencing epees and a helmet. The 1924 Paris Olympics were subsequently rendered into film in the form of Chariots of Fire. Paris 1924 also saw the birth of the Olympic village, conceptualized as an innovative construction that would be built to last and used after the Games, and one commentator at the time described it as ‘a beautiful village, with all modern comforts installed’.