More than 2,500 medals have been issued for winter sports since the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Nine medals were issued that year for figure skating. Medals for skeleton, a sport in which the athlete lies face down on a sled, were given in 1928 and 1952 before it became a permanent feature in 2002. Curling was part of the first Games, but didn't appear again until 1998, the same year the International Olympic Committee awarded medals for snowboarding.
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