Winter Olympics – UPSC Prelims

Winter Olympics:
  • Winter Olympics is the premier competition for sports that are played on ice or snow.
  • It is held every four years and features participants from across the world.
  • Ice skating, ice hockey, skiing and figure skating are some of the popular sports that are played at the Winter Games.
  • The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.
  • Winter sports were initially played at the Summer Olympics, with the 1908 London Olympics hosting four figure skating events and Antwerp 1920 having figure skating as well as ice hockey.
  • However, in 1924, a separate event was created for winter sports, called the International Winter Sports Week.
  • It was held in Chamonix, France – the host country for the 1924 Summer Olympics.
  • Two years later, the International Winter Sports Week in Chamonix was officially recognised as the first Winter Olympic Games.
  • This years’ edition of the Winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, China from 4th February to 20th February 2022.
  • India has been participating in the Winter Olympics since 1964.