Winter Olympic Games
The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event that occurs once every four years.
The first Winter Olympics, the 1924 Winter Olympics, was held in Chamonix, France.
The original sports were alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey,
Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating.
The Games were held every four years from 1924 until 1936, after which they were interrupted by World War II.
The Olympics resumed in 1948 and was again held every four years. Until 1992, the Winter and Summer Olympic
Games were held in the same years, but in accordance with a 1986 decision by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) to place the Summer and Winter Games on separate four-year cycles in alternating
even-numbered years, the next Winter Olympics after 1992 was in 1994.
The Winter Olympics has been hosted on three continents by eleven different countries,
but never in a country in the southern hemisphere.