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 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 2,873
athletes from 82 nations competed in 88 different events. Over 10,000
members of the media attended the event (journalists, agencies, photographers, radio and television), which was watched by 3 billion people worldwide.
Feb. 9-25, 2018
Visit the official website
to view the competition schedule.