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Winter Olympics Facts

General Knowledge | 12-14 yrs | Interactive

What is the Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics, officially known as the Olympic Winter Games, is a major international sporting event that takes place once every four years and is practiced on snow and ice.

The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924, in Chamonix, France.

How did the idea for Winter Olympics come about?

The idea for the Winter Olympics first came about in 1901, when the Nordic Games were held in Sweden. This gave birth to the idea for the Winter Olympics. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Summer Olympics tried to add figure skating to the earlier Olympics, but had been unsuccessful, till 1908.

What are the official competitive categories of the Winter Olympics?

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed Skating

How are venues for the Winter Olympics decided?

The National Olympics Committees, created in 1894, selects from within their national territory cities to put forward bids to host the Olympics.

Which country has the most gold medals in the Winter Olympics?

Norway has the most gold medals.

Where is the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place?

The 2018 Winter Olympics, known as the PyeongChang 2018, is taking place in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, between 9th February, 2018 to 25th February, 2018.

4 Fun facts about the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

  1. The mascot for the PyeongChang 2018 is a white tiger named Soohorang and Bandabi, an Asiatic black bear.
  2. Pyeongchang is the smallest city to host the Olympics since 1994.
  3. The slogan for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics is ‘Passion. Connected’.
  4. A pentagonal, 35,000 seat Olympic stadium has been created in Pyeongchang. It will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies and will be torn down after the games.

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