Winter Olympic Games

  • 1924 Winter Olympics

    1924 Winter Olympics
    Held in Chamonix, France- these were the first winter games ever to be held. They would continually be held every year with the summer olympics until 1992.
    The events were Bobsleigh, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Military patrol (biathlon) , Nordic Skiing and Speed Skating. 16 nations participated with 258 athletes present.
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    All the Winter Olympic Games from start to the next one in 2014
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  • 1928 Winter Olympics

    1928 Winter Olympics
    Held in St. Moritz, Switzerland- these were the first winter games to be held on their own without conjunction with the summer olympic games.
    The weather conditions made it a very interesting winter games, the opening ceremony was held in a blizzard, and at one point the temperatures rose to 25 degrees Celsius!
    New event called Tobogganing and Skijoring introduced. 25 nations participated with 464 athletes present.
  • 1932 Winter Olympics

    1932 Winter Olympics
    Held in Lake Placid, New York, United states- The U.S having won the medal tally at the end.
    Govenor Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the games, and was elected later that year. New event introduced was the Dog sled Race. 17 nations participated with 252 athletes present.
  • 1936 Winter Olympics

    1936 Winter Olympics
    Held in Bavaria, Germany- Norway won the medal tally with a total of: 7 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes. These games also had the largest and heaviest medals ever awarded to athletes: 100 mm diameter, 4 mm thick, 324 grams.
    Great Britain upset 1932 Canada gold medalists in ice hockey.
    Opened by Adolf Hitler. 28 nations participated with 646 athletes present.
  • 1940 Winter Olympic Games

    Were to be celebrated in Sapporo, Japan, but due to the onset of World War II, they gave the games back to the IOC in 1938. The IOC then gave the games to St. Moritz, Switzerland, but due to a conflict between the Organizing team and the IOC, they were given back the games. Next the games were given to Germany, but 3 months after, Germany invaded poland. The games were then cancelled.
  • 1944 Winter Olympics

    These Olympic games were set to take place in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy but was cancelled in 1941 due to World War II.
  • 1948 Winter Olympics

    1948 Winter Olympics
    These games were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland- it had been 12 years since the last winter games. The organizing committee faced several challenges due to the lack of financial and human resources consumed by the war. Chile, Denmark, Iceland, Korea, and Lebanon all made their Winter Olympic debut at these Games. Three countries, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, tied for the most medals won with ten medals each. 28 nations were present with 669 athletes.
  • 1952 Winter Olympics

    1952 Winter Olympics
    Held in Oslo, Norway- After significant debate, Japan and Germany made their return to Olympic competition after being forced to miss the 1948 Games due to their involvement in World War II. King George VI of Great Britain, who passed away eight days prior to the start of the Games, was honoured during the opening ceremonies. Norway dominated the medal count with sixteen medals, seven of which were gold. 30 nations with 694 athletes in total.
  • 1956 Winter Olympics

    1956 Winter Olympics
    These games were held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy- 32 nations competed in these games, the largest number of countries to participate in the Winter games at this point. The Soviet Union made its Winter Olympics debut and won more medals than any nation. 821 athletes were present.
  • 1960 Winter Olympics

    1960 Winter Olympics
    Held in Squaw Valley, California, United States- First olympic games held in North America in 28 years. Foreshadowing the 1980 Miracle on Ice, the little-regarded United States men's ice-hockey team beat Canada (the favorite to win the gold medal), 30 nations present with 665 athletes in total.
  • 1964 Winter Olympics

    1964 Winter Olympics
    Held in Innsbruck, Austria- The games included 1091 athletes from 36 nations, and the Olympic Torch was carried by Joseph Rieder. Politically, the Games were notable because East and West Germany entered a combined team.
    The USSR won the most medals and the most gold medals at the Games.
  • 1968 Winter Olympics

    1968 Winter Olympics
    Held in Grenoble, France- Thirty-seven countries participated. Norway won the most medals, the first time a country other than the USSR had done so since the USSR first entered the Winter Games in 1956. The first time the IOC ever ordered drug and gender testing of competitors. 37 nations with 1158 athletes in total.
  • 1972 Winter Olympics

    1972 Winter Olympics
    These games took place in Sapporo, Japan- 35 nations participated with 1006 athletes participating. Prior to these games, Japan had never won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. On a historical note, these Games are the last where a skier won the gold medal using all-wooden skis. Since this time, top-level cross-country skiiers use skis made mostly of fibreglass synthetics.
  • 1976 Winter Olympics

    1976 Winter Olympics
    Held in Innsbruck, Austria- 37 nations participated and 1123 athletes were present. It was the second time the Tyrolean city hosted the Games. Following the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, security was tight for the 1976 games. The USSR won its fourth straight ice hockey gold medal; for the second consecutive Olympics Canada refused to send a team.
  • 1980 Winter Olympics

    1980 Winter Olympics
    These games were held in Lake Placid, New York, United States- the second time this city has hosted the Winter Olympics. 37 nations participated with 1072 athletes present. Lake Placid 1980 marked the first use of artificial snow in Olympic competition. Although they did not get any medals, the People's Republic of China entered the Olympics Games for the first time after the IOC agreed to designate the Republic of China "Chinese Taipei".
  • 1984 Winter Olympics

    1984 Winter Olympics
    These games were celebrated in Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina- It was the first Winter Games and the second Olympics held in a Communist state. 49 nations participated and 1272 athletes were present for the event. Austria, usually a formidable winter sports nation, won only one bronze medal. Disabled skiing was a demonstration sport for the first time.
  • 1988 Winter Olympics

    1988 Winter Olympics
    Held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada- 57 nations participated and 1423 athletes were present. s at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the Canadian team failed to win a gold medal. Only the French team at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, the Swiss team at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz and the Yugoslav team at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo had previously failed to win a gold medal on home soil.
  • 1992 Winter Olympics

    1992 Winter Olympics
    Held in Albertville, France- 64 nations participated and 1803 athletes were present. In 1986, the International Olympic Committee voted to separate the Summer and Winter Games, which had been held in the same year since 1924, and place them in alternating even-numbered years, beginning in 1994. The 1992 Winter Games were the last to be staged in the same year as the Summer Games.
  • 1994 Winter Olympics

    1994 Winter Olympics
    Held in Lillehammer, Norway- 67 nations participated and 1737 athletes were present. It was the first Olympic Games to have the Olympic Truce in effect. 1.21 million tickets were sold for the games. LOOC estimated that an additional 500,000 viewed the games for free along the courses. In addition, 180,000 seats were used by the media and VIPs.
  • 1998 Winter Olympics

    1998 Winter Olympics
    Held in Nagano, Japan- 72 nations participated with 2176 athletes present. Denmark won their first winter Olympic medal (and only one to date) when they won a silver medal in the women's curling event.
    Australia won their first individual Winter Olympic medal when Zali Steggall won bronze in the women's slalom.
  • 2002 Winter Olympics

    2002 Winter Olympics
    Held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States- The Canadian men's ice hockey team defeated the American team 5-2 to claim the gold medal, ending 50 years without the hockey gold. The Canadian women's team also defeated the American team 3-2 after losing to them at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano. There was a Canadian dollar underneath the ice in support of the Canadian men's team, supposedly placed there at the request of Wayne Gretzky. 78 nations were present with 2399 athletes.
  • 2006 Winter Olympics

    2006 Winter Olympics
    Held in Turin, Italy- This marked the second time Italy hosted the Olympic Winter Games, the first being the VII Olympic Winter Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956. 80 Nations participated and 2508 athletes participated. The Italian word for Turin is "Torino" which was what most posters said. Turin's motto - Passion lives Here.
  • 2010 Winter Olympics

    2010 Winter Olympics
    Held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada- Approximately 2,600 athletes from 82 nations participated in 86 events in fifteen disciplines. Both the Olympic and Paralympic Games were being organized by the Vancouver Organizing Committee. The 2010 Winter Olympics were the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Canada won 14 gold medals.
  • 2014 Winter Olympics

    2014 Winter Olympics
    in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. The city was elected on July 4, 2007, during the 119th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This will be the first time that the Russian Federation will host the Winter Olympics; the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow.