Alpinism - gold medal for mountaineering

An Olympic Alpinism Prize was first awarded in 1924. There was no actual competition, medals were awarded for the most notable alpinism feat accomplished during the prevous four years. The medal in 1924 was awarded during the closing ceremony of the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix. Subsequent prizes in 1932 and 1936 were awarded at the Summer Olympics.


In September 1946, the IOC agreed to drop the Alpinism Prize. However, Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka were awarded Silver Medals at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games for successfully summiting each of the 14 8,000-meter peaks.


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