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The Winter Games


The Winter Olympics were not founded with the ancient Olympics, but thousands of years later The first step to the winter Olympics was introducing winter sports into the program of the summer sporting events. The first winter sport to be introduced was figure skating in 1908, and then ice hockey added in 1920. It was not until 1921 that the decision was made to create a separate Olympic event for winter sports.

The games were such a success, that in 1925, the International Olympic Committee decided to create a separate Winter Olympic Games and retroactively designated the 1924 events as the first Winter Olympics.  The Winter and the Summer Games were held in the same year until 1992 when they were spread out every two years, four years for each event but two years apart from each other. The only time the games canceled was in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II.

The sporting events for the 2012 Vancouver Winter Olympics will be;

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  • Alpine Skiing

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  • Alpine Skiing (paralympic)

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  • Biathlon

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  • Biathlon (paralympic)

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  • Bobsleigh

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  • Cross Country Skiing

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  • Cross-Country Skiing (paralympic)

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  • Curling

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  • Figure Skating

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  • Freestyle Skiing

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  • Ice Hockey

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  • Ice Sledge Hockey

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  • Luge

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  • Nordic Combined

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  • Short track Speed Skating

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  • Skeleton

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  • Ski Jumping

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  • Snowboard

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  • Speed Skating

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  • Wheelchair Curling