In 1924, the first Winter Olympics were established. At that time, there weren’t nearly as many events in winter Olympic sports as in today’s Winter Olympics.
The first Winter Olympic Games lasted eleven days. They were held in Chamonix, France. There were 16 nations that participated in the first Winter Olympics.
Thirty-three medals were awarded. Twenty seven of these went to Norway and Finland. Since their inception in 1924, the Winter Olympics have been held every four years, with the exception of two occasions when they were cancelled due to World War Two, in 1940 and 1944.
There were eighty countries participating in the Winter Olympics, and two hundred fifty-two medals were given.
Many more Winter Olympic events and more athletes are available today. However, there have been many improvements in winter sports over time that these events had to be added or modified.
There are now events in freestyle skiing, speed skating, short track speed skating, curling and alpine skiing. Also, there is ice hockey, figure skating, biathlon, and the skeleton.
The Winter Olympics will be expanding and possibly removing many events. Athletes will push themselves to the limit in their respective events to keep the sport alive.
With the continuous evolution of Winter Sports around the globe, the Winter Olympics will never be boring.