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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


Singapore Olympic Day celebrations go hand in hand with tennis festival
30 Jun 2019

Singapore, June 29, 2019: The Singapore National Olympic Council celebrated Olympic Day 2019 in conjunction with the Singapore Tennis Festival on Saturday.

More than 1,500 participants gathered at the Kallang Practic.....

Breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing provisionally included for Paris 2024
26 Jun 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25, 2019: Breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The decision was taken Tuesday at the 1.....