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The beautiful story of the Winter Olympic Games

The beautiful Story of the Winter Olympics

The Olympic flame travels the world. Between the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix (French alps) and the twenty third Winter Games 2018 in PyeongChang (South Korea), the Winter Olympics have written their own history and introduced us to the geography of the world's mountains.
The posters reflect the society of the day, and contain multiple messages. Just after the second world war, in 1948, at St Moritz (Swiss alps), one of the posters included a slogan for the new found peace: Fight without hate. Which is also the very essence of sport. Other posters play on a more graphical or emotional level, emphasising the sense of sharing, or promoting the mascots, which were often animals that incarnated the virtues of nature (bear, leopard, hare…). Some mascots were imaginary or even Magical characters! The alternating continents and mountain ranges introduced the refinement of Japan, the mystery of the Caucasus and the powdery snow of the American Rockies, the villages and resorts of the Alps, and Scandinavia, the birthplace of skiing… Everywhere, the magical white snow reunited the athletes who dreamt of a gold medal, just as the white background of the Olympic flag brought the interlaced rings into sharp relief.

Focus on the Winter Games of 1968, 1992, 2018

As the Games approach, 50 years separate the Winter Games of Grenoble from those of PyeongChang. It is a time to remember, with a little nostalgia, the grace of the skater Peggy Flemming, the smiling Toini Gustafson in cross country skiing, and the explosive joy of Marielle Goitschel in the slalom…
Destinies were created: Jean-Claude Killy, triple Olympic champion in alpine skiing in 1968, an achievement which has never been repeated since, became co-president of the organising Committee for the 1992 Winter Games, and was then named a member of the IOC from 1995 to 2014.
The exhibition explores the links between all of these champions and the Olympic values. In 1992, we especially remember Alberto Tomba "La Bomba", Franck Piccard, Florence Masnada... Women's biathlon became an Olympic discipline for the first time, and the charismatic Edgar Grospiron won the mogul skiing event.
Nobody becomes an Olympic champion by chance: "A champion, must be built. Like a complex puzzle in which each piece links to the last and receives the next". Such is the mystery of "this day that is so unique, this famous Olympic day, when destiny hangs in the balance" The next rendezvous is in PyeongChang!

 

Acknowledgments

Geo Perli and the COLJOG (Conservatoire observatoire laboratoire des Jeux olympiques de Grenoble ; N° INPI 23933721) – Dauphiné Libéré - Musée Olympique – Institut français de Séoul – Jean-Claude Killy – Rémy Naville – CNOSF – Editions Glénat, Aurore Belluard, Gilles Chappaz, Bruno Kauffmann 

 

Photo credits: Dauphiné Libéré – Musée Olympique – Pascal Lemaître – Liberto Macarro – Jean-Pierre Mirabel – Jean-Luc Traïni – Zoom

Drawings: Philippe Guillotel

Quotes: Le Jour J.O, Gilles Chappaz, Bruno Kauffmann (éd. Glénat, 2017)

Collections : Fonds MJO – Fonds privés

Movies: Albertville 92, les meilleurs moments, TF1 vidéo licence CIO - Les Jeux blancs, Alain Vernon, France 2 - Spectacle éphémère, La Fourmi – Pierre de Coubertin, Musée national du sport, 1994

Books on sale at the shop: Le Jour J.O. (éd. Glénat 2017) ; Album souvenir J.O. Grenoble (éd. Dauphiné Libéré 2017) ; JCK de Jean-Claude Killy (éd. Jussy 2018) ; Grenoble 1968, Les Jeux olympiques qui ont changé l’Isère (éd. Glénat 2018)