Winter Olympic Events
The Winter Olympics first started out in 1924 and at the time there were not nearly as many winter Olympic events as there are in the modern day Winter Olympics. The first Winter Olympic Games lasted for eleven days and they took place in the Alps of Chamonix, France, the Winter Olympic events that year were events consisting of hockey, bobsledding, figure skating, skiing, and speed skating races. Sixteen nations competed in the first Winter Olympics and there were forty three medals awarded, with twenty seven of them going to the Scandinavian countries of Finland and Norway. The Winter Olympics have taken place every four years since they started back in 1924, except for twice, when they were cancelled during World War Two in 1940 and 1944. In the last Winter Olympics there were eighty nations competing in the Winter Olympic Events and two hundred and fifty two medals were awarded.
There are many more Winter Olympic events nowadays and many more athletes, all of the old Winter Olympic events are still being played but there have been so many advances in winter sports over the years that they had to be added and some that have slightly changed. In the modern International Winter Olympics there are events in snowboarding, freestyle ski jumping, the luge, speed skating and short track speed skating, curling, alpine and cross country skiing, ice hockey, the skeleton, the bobsled, figure skating, the biathlon and the Nordic combined. As the Winter Olympics go into the future there will many more events added and possibly even some removed, and the athletes will continue to push themselves in their specific events to push the sport as far as they can bring it. The Winter Olympics will never get boring with the constant evolution of Winter Sports in the world today.