History Of Winter Olympics

In the history of the Winter Olympics, The first Winter Olympics Games was organized in the year 1924 in Chamonix, France. Athletes from around16 countries came to participate in the Winter Olympics Games. There were over 200 participants taking part in a small selection of events. However, the second Winter Olympics was held in 1928 in St Moritz. It was held in Lake Place in the United States of America. There were fewer athletes participated in Lake Placid as compared to the 1928 Winter Olympics. However, the Lake Placid games were not too successful due to the lack of snow and the Great Depression that was taking place. Read on to get more information about the origin of Winter Olympics.

Looking back to the Winter Olympics history, the games went back to Europe in the year 1936 when Germany hosted them, and these marked the last Winter Olympics for 12 years due to the Second World War. Later, the IOC selected the Swiss town of St. Moritz for the second time to host the first post-war Games in 1948. St. Moritz was untouched by World War II because of Switzerland's neutrality. Almost 28 countries competed in the games nearly double the amount from the first games held in 1924. Moreover, in 1952, Oslo in Norway also hosted Winter Olympics Games and the 1956 games were awarded to Italy which was the first Winter Olympics to be televised. In 1960 America again was the host in Squaw Valley.

In 1964, the Winter Olympics was held in the town of Innsbruck, Austria and remained in Europe in 1968 when Grenoble in France hosted the games. The 1968 event was the first Winter Olympics to be televised in color. The first Winter Olympics Games that was held outside of Europe or America was in the year 1972 when Japan hosted the games. 35 Nations participated in the event with China and the Philippines taking part for the first ever time. However, Denver in America was originally awarded the 1976 games but the people of Colorado expressed their opposition to the event and in a state referendum opted against hosting them. Innsbruck in Austria stepped in and took over with much of the infrastructure still in place from 1964.

In the Winter Olympics that was held in America in 1980, almost 36 nations participated in the event with the Soviet Union leading the medal table with 10 gold medals in total. 1984 saw the games in Europe again in Yugoslavia, a record 49 countries took part with Egypt, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Senegal and Virgin Islands taking part for the first time. In the history of Winter Olympics 1988 which was held in Calgary in Canada was highly successful with 57 nations taking part in the events, the Soviet Union regained the top spot in the medals table with East Germany close behind. The 1992 Winter Olympics games were the last to be held in the same year as the Summer Games. They were hosted in the French Savoie region. The 1994 games were held in Lillehammer, 67 nations took part with Russia leading the medals table with 11 Gold medals.

Winter Olympics was held in Japan for the second time in 1998. 72 countries participated in the event with more than 2000 participants. The 19th Winter Olympics was held in the 2002 in Salt Lake City, USA .78 nations participated in the games with Norway leading the table with 13 Gold Medals. The last Winter Olympics to be held were hosted by Turin in Italy, with over 80 Nations taking part. In 2010 the games will be held in Vancouver in Canada with a record number of countries predicted to enter.

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