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Host Cities for Winter Olympic Games
|Event Year||Host City||Country|
|2010||Vancouver, British Columbia||Canada|
|2002||Salt Lake City,Utah||United States|
|1980||Lake Placid,New York||United States of America|
|1960||Squaw Valley,California||United States|
|1932||Lake Placid,New York||United States|
Olympics is a global sporting event held in every four years where the best sporting talents from around the world compete in multiple sporting events. Olympics as a whole have been broadly divided into two major categories- the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics.
The Winter Olympics was developed from the earlier Nordic Games, which also was a competition of the winter sports and used to be held every four years. It was held for the first time in the year 1924 in Chamonix in France and since then has been held regularly except for the World War II years.
Both the olympics events are held after an interval of four years individually, and are held alternatively after a mutual gap of two years. For instance, the Winter Olympics was held in Turin, Italy in 2006 which was followed by the Summer Olympics event held in Beijing, China in 2008. The next Winter Olympics was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2010 followed by the Summer Olympics event hosted by London in 2012.
Initially, the first figure skating event has featured in the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London and it was not until 1924 that the first official Winter Olympics Event was held in Chamonix by the International Olympic Committee. The last event to be added in the league of Winter Olympics was in Nagano, Japan in 1998, in which snowboarding event was included.
Winter Olympics exclusively features 7 snow-sporting events divided into 15 disciplines which include bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, downhill skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, snowboarding and speed skating. There will be a total of 86 medal events in 15 sports for the twenty-first Winter Games in 2010.
The previous Winter Olympics resulted in an increasing popularity of the winter sports and they were taken up by a large number of people from across the globe.
After the IOC or the International Olympic Committee restricted the entry of ice skating in 1894, the lovers of winter sports introduced the Winter Olympics in the year 1924.
The Winter Olympics attracts relatively scarcer participation due to lack of winter sport training facilities in various countries with incompatible climatic conditions. The United States of America has hosted the Winter Olympics four times followed by France which hosted it three times. In 2014 , Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia.