10 Facts About Nordic Games


Nordic Games were the first international multi-sport event that focused primarily on winter sports, and were held at varying intervals between 1901 and 1926.

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Nordic Games began in Stockholm in February 1901, after being conceived in 1899 by the Swedish Central Association for the Promotion of Sports led by Viktor Balck, a well-known Swedish sports figure.

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The Nordic Games began as an effort to bolster both Swedish national sentiment along with Swedish tourism.

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The Nordic Games featured not only the snow and ice related sports that the country excelled in but showcased Swedish cultural events such as theatre, opera and folklore.

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Nordic Games consisted of the winter sports that were popular in Scandinavia at the time, such as ski jumping, downhill racing, cross-country skiing, skeleton, speed skating, figure skating, hockey and curling.

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Nordic Games were one of the first to lead to international championships in winter sports.

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Viktor Balck, the founder of the Nordic Games, was a charter member of the International Olympic Committee and a president of the International Skating Union.

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Nordic Games is credited with holding the ISU together through the end of World War I Nordic Games established the World Championship Events for Ladies and Pairs, who were not recognised before this.

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Nordic Games was elected the first honorary president of the ISU.

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Nordic Games mainly included only competitors from the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway.

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