The Winter Olympics have come a long way since the very first edition, then known as International Winter Sports Week, was held almost a century ago in the French Alpine resort town of Chamonix. A far cry from the pomp and pageantry associated with today’s multibillion-dollar games, that affair involved just 16 countries sending amateur athletes to compete in nine disciplines. Apart from the rudimentary bobsleds and curling brooms, another major difference was the sporting dress of the time, as evinced by the American speed skating team shown here, and the long, baggy skirts worn by most female figure skaters. Austria’s Herma Szabo bucked the trend— she performed in a skirt cut above the knee—as did the 11-year-old Norwegian Sonja Henie, who would later go on to become a three-time Olympic champion. One thing that hasn’t changed? The obsession over medal counts. In Chamonix, France had the unfortunate distinction of being the first Olympic host nation not to win any gold medals. For high-achieving South Korea, that won’t be an option when it hosts the games in Pyeongchang next year.