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Winter Olympic Games

The Winter Olympics were created to feature snow and ice sports that were logistically impossible to hold during the Summer Games. Figure skating (in 1908 and 1920) and ice hockey (in 1920) were featured as Olympic events at the Summer Olympics.

The IOC desired to expand this list of sports to encompass other winter activities. At the 1921 Olympic Congress, in Lausanne, it was decided to hold a winter version of the Olympic Games. A winter sports week (it was actually 11 days) was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France; this event became the first Winter Olympic Games.

The IOC mandated that the Winter Games be celebrated every four years on the same year as their summer counterpart. This tradition was upheld until the 1992 Games in Albertville, France; after that, beginning with the 1994 Games, the Winter Olympics were held on the third year of each Olympiad.


Future Games


Beijing 2022 opens global volunteer programme
13 Dec 2019

Beijing, China, December 13, 2019: The organising committee of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022 has launched the volunteer programme under the theme “Building a Dream Together”.

Continuing the powerful leg.....

Beijing 2022 launches Olympic mascots
18 Sep 2019

Beijing, China, September 17, 2019: A cheerful panda called Bing Dwen Dwen has been chosen as the Olympic mascot for the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.

The new Olympic mascot will serve as an ambassador for wi.....