|Host Cities for Winter Olympic Games|
|Event Year||Host City||Country|
|2010||Vancouver, British Columbia||Canada|
|2002||Salt Lake City, Utah||United States|
|1984||Sarajevo||Yugoslavia (Now Bosnia-Herzegovina)|
|1980||Lake Placid, New York||United States of America|
|1960||Squaw Valley, California||United States|
|1932||Lake Placid, New York||United States|
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from February 9 to 25 in PyeongChang County, South Korea. South Korea will host the Winter Olympics for the first time. After the Japanese cities of Sapporo and Nagano, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 and 1998, PyeongChang will be the third Asian city to host the prestigious tournament.
Olympics is a global sporting event held 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.
Winter Olympics, which are held during the winter time, feature winter sports that are played on ice and snow. Attended by a large number of sportsperson from different countries, this competition has lesser participants as compared to the Summer Games, as only countries with cold climates organize winter sports.
The Winter Olympics was developed from the earlier Nordic Games, which was also 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, France, and since then has been held regularly except for the World War II years.
Until 1992, both the summer and winter Olympics were held during the same year; thereafter both the events have been held after a gap of two years from each other. Both the Olympics events are held after an interval of four years individually.
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. In 2014, Winter Olympics was held in Sochi, Russia.
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. After the IOC or the International Olympic Committee restricted the entry of ice skating in 1894, the sports was introduced the in 1924 Winter Olympics. The last event to be added in the league of Winter Olympics was in Nagano, Japan, in 1998, in which snowboarding event was included.
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.
The Winter Olympics attracts relatively less 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.
Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics
The 2022 Winter Olympics would be held in China. Beijing in China has become the first city to hold both Summer Games and Winter Games. According to media reports, Beijing bagged the honor after beating Almaty, which is located in Kazakhstan, in an International Olympic Committee members vote organized in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur. While Beijing, which was the site of the 2008 Olympics, bagged 44 votes, Almaty got 40. The opening and closing ceremonies would be held at the Bird's Nest Stadium.
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.
Last Updated on : February 2nd, 2018