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Olympic Winter Games
The earliest recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in ancient Greece in 776 B.C. This tradition took place every four years for 1,000 years.
The modern Olympic Movement started in 1894 when French educator, Pierre de Coubertin, brought together a group of sports and philosophy leaders from around the world for the International Athletic Congress. The group, which later became the International Olympic Committee (IOC), unanimously decided to revive the ancient Games. In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, their country of origin.
The first winter sport included in the Olympic Games was
figure skating in 1908. The first Olympic Winter Games
were staged in Chamonix, France, in 1924, where 294
athletes from 16 nations took part in 14 events.
The Summer and Winter Games originally took place in the same year, but since 1992 the Winter Games have been held two years from the Summer Games. The Summer Games and the Winter Games continue to be organized once every four years.
At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, 2,566 athletes from 82 nations competed in 86 different events. Nearly 10,000 members of the media attended the event (journalists, agencies, photographers, radio and television), which was watched by 3 billion people worldwide.
LOCATION: Sochi, Russia
DATES: Feb. 7-23, 2014