The Olympic Games returned to Paris in 1924, officially known as Games of the VIII Olympiad. The Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius‚ (Swifter, Higher, Stronger) was introduced, and the closing ceremony featured the raising of three flags - Greece for the founders of the games, the current host nation, and the next country to stage the games. Athletes stayed in a village of wooden cabins, which would later pave the way for the concept of the modern Olympic Village.
The Americans dominated proceedings, but Finnish athletes stood out in the athletics events; Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi, won five gold medals on top of the three he won in 1920. British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell won the 100m and 400m events, respectively. Their stories are depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire.