The small town already had a ski jump and organizers added a bobsled run and ice stadium in the valley and ski trails. Of the athletes from 16 nations who competed, were men and 13 were women. These Games were a great success and were retroactively named the first Olympic Winter Games. Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie made her debut at the age of
Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Germany celebrate defeating Canada in the semifinals Story highlights Germany beats Canada in Olympic semifinals Canada mounted late comeback but to no avail Germans last claimed Olympic ice hockey medal in CNN Germany stunned defending champions Canada Friday to reach the men's Olympic ice hockey final for the first time.
In a pulsating match at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, the 10th ranked Germans raced into a lead and held on towards the end despite a spirited comeback from the much fancied Canadians.
And the team's achievements have captured the imagination of fans back home. Tennis legend Boris Becker tweeted his excitement over the victory.
Canada has won men's hockey gold in the last two Winter Olympics, Sochi and Vancouver , but was shorn of its National Hockey League stars in Pyeongchang given the league's decision to not oppose participation in the Games.
Hockey-mad Canada's female stars also suffered defeat Thursday against the USA in the a dramatic gold medal match. That loss meant a Canadian women's team failed to win gold for the first time since the Nagano Games of