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Military patrol at the 1924 Winter Olympics


Military patrol at the 1924 Winter Olympics

Military patrol

At the 1924 Winter Olympics, in Chamonix, France, in 1924, a military patrol competition was held. The Olympic results database lists the official medal winners for the event, as does the Official Report (1924),[1][2][3] yet several sources have incorrectly counted this competition as a demonstration event only.[4] The event was also demonstrated in 1928, 1936, and 1948, but those results are still considered unofficial. A full 36 years would pass before the modern version of the sport, biathlon, became an official Winter Olympic sport.[nb 1]

The competition was held on Tuesday, January 29, 1924. Six teams started the event, but only four finished with Italy and Poland withdrawing due to bad conditions.


  • Results 1
  • Participating nations 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • External links 6


Place Biathletes Adjusted Time [nb 2] Shots On Target
1  Denis Vaucher (Captain), Alfred Aufdenblatten, Antoine Julen, Alphonse Julen (SUI)  3:56:06  8
2  Väinö Bremer (Captain), August Eskelinen, Heikki Hirvonen, Martti Lappalainen (FIN) 4:00:10 11
3 Maurice Mandrillon, Adrien "André" Vandelle (FRA) 4:18:53 2
4  Karel Buchta (Captain), Josef Bím, Bohuslav Josífek, Jan Mittlöhner (TCH) 4:19:54 5
 Piero Dente (Captain), Goffredo Lagger, Albino Bich, Paolo Francia (ITA) DNF
 Zbigniew Wóycicki (Captain), Szczepan Witkowski, Stanisław Chrobak, Stanisław Kądziołka (POL) DNF

Participating nations

A total of 24 biathletes from six nations competed at the Chamonix Games:


  1. ^ The official website of the Olympic Movement now treats Men's Military Patrol at the 1924 games as an event within the sport of Biathlon.[5][6] However the 1924 Official Report treats it as an event and discipline within what was then called Skiing and is now called Nordic Skiing.[1][2]
  2. ^ The adjusted time was the actual time less 30 seconds for every shot on target. [3]


  1. ^ a b Official Report (1924), p 646: Le Programme ... II. — Epreuves par équipes - 12. Ski : Course militaire (20 à 30 kilomètres, avec tir). (The Programme ... II. — Team events - 12. Skiing : Military Race (20 to 30 kilometres, with shooting)).
  2. ^ a b Official Report (1924), p 664: CONCOURS DE SKI - Jurys - COURSE MILITAIRE. (Skiing Competitions - Juries - Military Race)
  3. ^ a b Official Report (1924), pp 701-703: EPREUVE No 139 SKI MILITAIRE (Event Number 139 Military Ski). This gives both the rules and the results of the competition. (Note: It is event Number 139 of the combined Winter and Summer Games, but event Number 12 on the programme of the Winter Games).
  4. ^ Official Report (1924), pp 618-628: Les démonstrations hors~programme (Demonstrations outside the official programme). This gives a complete account of the demonstration sports. Military Patrol is not among them.
  5. ^ "Biathlon Results - Chamonix 1924".  
  6. ^ "Olympic Games Medals, Chamonix 1924".  


  • Official Report (1924) of both Summer and Winter games: (ed.) M. Avé, Comité Olympique Français. Les Jeux de la VIIIe Olympiade Paris 1924 – Rapport Officiel (PDF) (in French). Paris: Librairie de France. Archived from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

External links

  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • sports-reference
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