The Winter Olympics are a multi-sport event held every four years, promoting winter sports mainly played on ice and snow, but you probably already know this. What you don’t know is that we have amazing 50 facts about these games to show you in our latest infographic!
The cold Olympics have an interesting history: held since 1924, the first event occurred in the French town of Chamonix and, since then, the success of these games has skyrocketed.
This first event really left a mark! Only two years after the first Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee decided to give the status of Olympic competition to it, stating its regular repetition.
In the beginning, the Summer and the Winter Olympics occurred in the same year and even in the same country, but that quickly changed. In 1936, the fourth edition of the chilly event was held in Germany, as well as the Summer Games.
However, while Berlin hosted the Summer Olympics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosted the Winter Games.
The games were extremely popular at the time and it took a global war to interrupt its regular organisation. The World War II forced the cancellation of two editions of the games: Sapporo, in 1940, and Cortina d'Ampezzo, in 1944.
Since this period, the Summer and Winter Olympics have always been carried out by different countries, but continued to happen in the same year, something that only changed during the Albertville Games, in 1992, which were succeeded by the 1994 Lillehammer Games, only two years apart.