Culture Question:

Tell us Something About the Winter Olympics

(posted: Mar 2010)

The Winter Olympics are an International sporting competition for sports that are held on snow or ice. Alpine (downhill) skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding, biathlon, speed skating, ice hockey, curling, figure skating and sliding events (luge, bobsled and skeleton) are all medal sports at modern Winter Olympics.

The first Winter Olympics was held in 1924, though before this several winter sports (such as figure skating and ice hockey) had been a part of the Summer Olympics. Just as with the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympics are held once every 4 years. From 1924 until 1992 the Winter Games were held in the same year as the Summer Olympics. Starting in 1994, the Winter Olympics moved so that they are now a two-year offset from the Summer Olympics.

The most recent Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, Canada in 2010. These Games were very good to the host country. Before these Games, Canada had been the only country to have hosted an Olympics and never to have won a gold medal on home soil. By the end of the Vancouver Olympics, Canadian athletes had won 14 gold medals, the most gold medals ever won by a country at a Winter Olympics.

The next Winter Olympics will be held in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. These will be the first Winter Olympics to be hosted by Russia.

Source:

  1. Wikipedia, “Winter Olympic Games” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Olympic_Games), 22-Mar-2010.

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Vancouver Olympics logo

The logo the 2010 Winter
Olympics in Vancouver, Canada

 

Further Reading:

Olympic.org – Official Site of the Olympic Movement