Going way back in the past and history of the Winter Olympics, the first international multi-sport event that gathered winter sports occurred in 1901, in Sweden, and it was called Nordic Games. The event was held again in 1903 and 1905 and then every fourth year thereafter, inspiring what became the Winter Olympics.
The first official games event of this kind was held in 1924, in Chamonix, France. Since then, the Summer and Winter Olympics happened in the same year and, for a while, even in the same city. However, that changed between the 1992 games, held in France, and the 1994 event, which occurred in Norway. With only two years apart, this alteration changed the way the games happen until the present, making them even more unique.
Today, the Winter Olympics fans have seven categories that make the fans cheer: biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing. And don’t forget about the many presentations that happen during the games. For instance, next year, the Winter Olympics that are being held in Sochi, Russia, will feature ski half pipe, luge relay and women’s ski jumping! This means great news for the lovers of the cold sports.
In 2014, the games promise to be even greater, with the organisation already preparing the 1300 medals it will deliver during the Winter Olympics and also Paralympics, an essential part of the event. Besides, there are amazing plans for the structure left by the games in Sochi, which will probably be transformed into a Formula 1 grand prix location. More sports at the place that will be the warmest city to receive the games so far. Let’s hope the snow and ice don’t disappoint the stars and the fans! Find out more interesting facts about the Winter Olympics with our new infographic that gathers 50 essential pieces of the event’s history.