Introduction

 

Winter Olympics

Since 1924 there has been a separate Winter Olympic Games.  Before that the summer Olympics included some winter sports. 

Today the Winter Olympics are also held every 4 years for winter sports like skiing and ice hockey.  Fewer countries send teams to these Games.

Until 1992 the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same year, but not always in the same country.  Since 1994, the Winter Olympics have been held 2 years after the Summer Games.

 

Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympic Games are the world’s greatest sporting event.  Every 4 years the Games are held in a different city.  They last for about 2 weeks. 

Athletes from all over the world compete in about 300 different sporting events.

The modern Olympics

have been held since

1896.

No Games

The Games have only been cancelled three times: in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during World Wars 1 and 11.

The athletes want to be the best in the world and take home the gold medal in their event.

Aims

The Olympics encourage peace by bringing people from all countries and of all races together to compete in sport.