American Johnny Weissmuller won three gold medals for swimming and a bronze with the water polo team.
At the 1924 Paris Games, the Olympic motto, 'Citius, Altius, Fortius', (Swifter, Higher, Stronger) was introduced, as was the Closing Ceremony ritual of raising three flags: the flag of the International Olympic Committee, the flag of the host nation and the flag of the next host nation. The Olympic motto is the hendiatris or figure of speech : Citius, Altius, Fortius , which is Latin for "Swifter, Higher, Stronger". (The Latin words are comparative adverbs, not adjectives.) The motto was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin on the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894. De Coubertin borrowed it from his friend Henri Didon, a Dominican priest who, amongst other things, was an athletics enthusiast. The motto was introduced in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris.
In 1924, France also hosted a "Winter Sports Festival" at Chamonix that was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, over Coubertin's opposition. The festival retroactively became the first Winter Olympics.