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Triumph and Tradition: The Olympic Journey in Paris from 1900 to 2024

May 03, 2024

Paris, often referred to as the City of Light, is a synonym for fashion, romance, cultural vibrancy, and historical significance. Its illustrious streets, known for iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Notre Dame Cathedral, create an atmosphere of timelessness and fascination that has intrigued the world for centuries. Yet, beyond its architectural wonders and artistic treasures, Paris has also carved its name in sporting history through its deep-rooted connection with the Olympic Games. The city has achieved prestigious status by hosting the Olympic Games for the third time, an honor shared only with London. This accomplishment highlights Paris's timeless charisma and uncompromising commitment to the Olympic movement and principles.

Paris has firmly established itself as a symbol of athletic achievement and artistic innovation, starting from hosting the Games in 1900 with the inclusion of women athletes and continuing with the extravagant 1924 Olympics, coinciding with the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, often credited as the birthplace of the Art Deco movement. 


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The dawn of the 20th century brought with it a momentous occasion as Paris welcomed the Olympic Games for the first time in history.  One of the defining features of the 1900 Olympics was the inclusion of women in various events, a progressive move that reflected Paris's avant-garde spirit. While the number of female athletes was relatively small compared to male participants, their presence marked a significant step towards gender equality in sports. This idea resonates strongly with the modern-day pursuit of inclusivity and diversity.

If you’re looking to experience the Parisian skyline from a potential 1900 vantage point, then the terrace of Apartment Noah from LVH should be your choice for the Paris Olympics 2024. Located in the heart of the 16th Arrondissement, this luxurious four-bedroom apartment offers a sanctuary close to iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the famed designer shopping district of the Champs-Elysees. 

Apartment Noah

The venues chosen for the 1900 Games reflected Paris's penchant for elegance and grandeur. From the iconic Eiffel Tower, which served as a backdrop for the fencing events, to the picturesque Seine River, where rowing competitions took place, every aspect of the Games was infused with Parisian charm and sophistication.

For the affluent spectators of the era, attending the Olympics in Paris was about witnessing athletic achievements and indulging in the city's cultural riches. The exquisite cuisine and vibrant artistic scene provided an experience beyond the boundaries of sport.


The allure of the 1924 Olympics lay in the thrilling sporting events and the unique convergence of art, culture, and innovation that fascinated the audiences of the time. One of the most striking aspects of the 1924 Olympics was its timing, coinciding with the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. This coexisting celebration of athleticism and artistic abilities led to a spectacular display of Art Deco design, a movement that personified luxury and modernity.

The venues chosen for the 1924 Games reflected Paris's commitment to creating a visually stunning and immersive experience. With its elegant architecture and expansive grounds, the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir served as the centerpiece for athletics, drawing crowds to witness record-breaking performances. Meanwhile, the magnificent River Seine once again played a role, this time hosting the rowing competitions, showcasing the city's ability to integrate nature into its urban landscape. Moreover, the 1924 Olympics witnessed the emergence of legendary athletes who captured the world's imagination. From the iconic achievements of Paavo Nurmi in athletics to the grace and elegance of figure skaters like Gillis Grafström, the Games presented the ideal of sporting excellence.

As art figured prominently in the 1924 Olympics, Apartment Alain would be a perfect refuge in the 17th Arrondissement adjacent to the infamous art collective in Montmartre. It also provides a respite from the direct center of the action at the Olympics, but still close enough to enjoy the spectacle. 

Apartment Alain

One of the most iconic figures to appear in the 1924 Olympics was Johnny Weissmuller, whose outstanding achievements in swimming fascinated the world. Weissmuller, a multi-gold medalist at the Games, presented exceptional athleticism and became the legendary Tarzan in Hollywood movies. His transition from Olympic glory to cinematic stardom displayed the impact of the Games, exceeding sporting excellence to become a global cultural phenomenon.


The stage is set for an Olympic Games as Paris prepares to host the prestigious event from 26 July to 11 August 2024. For the affluent and discerning audience, Paris 2024 celebrates sporting excellence intertwined with luxury, innovation, and a commitment to sustainability. From haute couture fashion houses to Michelin-starred restaurants, Paris embodies luxury, attracting elite connoisseurs from around the globe. The Olympics in such a prestigious setting will elevate the sporting spectacle and provide a platform for presenting the best aspects of Parisian lifestyle and hospitality.

At the heart of Paris 2024 lies the groundbreaking decision to host the Opening Ceremony along the iconic Seine River. This bold move marks the first time in Olympic Summer Games history that such an event will not occur within a stadium.  Moreover, Paris 2024 is not just about grandeur; it's about sustainability and environmental stewardship. The Games are poised to be the most sustainable Olympics ever, with Paris leading the charge in implementing eco-friendly practices, renewable energy sources, and innovative solutions to minimize environmental impact. 

Cruising on Seine river

At Paris 2024, athletic prowess and cultural refinement create an exceptional experience that resonates with the world's elite, setting a new standard for the pleasant blend of luxury, innovation, and environmental consciousness in international sporting events.

LVH would be pleased to arrange your Paris Olympics stay. We invite you to reach out to one of our client relations professionals, who will begin planning a trip befitting the spectacle it is with luxury and exquisite experiences. During your stay, you will have full services and support. LVH will also create a customized itinerary for you replete with moments designed to create memories that will last a lifetime!

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