Winter Olympic Games

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Winter Olympic Games
First Televised February 14, 1952
Airs Mid February. Every 4 Years
Duration 2 Weeks
Sport Various Sports Requiring Snow or Ice
Network US: NBC (currently), CBS & ABC (historically)
Sporting Organization International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Occurrences 22
Origin France
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The Games

Games Host City Year
I Chamonix, France 1924
II St. Moritz, Switzerland 1928
III Lake Placid, United States 1924
IV Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1936
V St. Moritz, Switzerland 1948
VI Oslo, Norway 1952
VII Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy 1956
VIII Squaw Valley, United States 1960
IX Innsbruck, Austria 1964
X Grenoble, France 1968
XI Sapporo, Japan 1972
XII Innsbruck, Austria 1976
XIII Lake Placid, United States 1980
XIV Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 1984
XV Calgary, Canada 1988
XVI Albertville, France 1990
XVII Lillehammer, Norway 1994
XVIII Nagano, Japan 1998
XIX Salt Lake City, United States 2002
XX Torino, Italy 2006
XXI Vancouver, Canada 2010
XXII Sochi Russia 2014
XXIII Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018

Broadcast History

All Time Medal Standings


  • The 1994 Winter Olympics were the most watched event in American TV history with 83% (or 204 million) of Americans watching some portion of the games. This was due in large part to the controversy surrounding figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
  • Winter Olympics V was canceled twice due to World War II.
    • The 1940 Winter Olympics were initially scheduled to take place in Sapporo, Japan, but the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out and they gave the games back to the IOC. The IOC gave the games to St. Moritz, Switzerland, but withdrew them from Switzerland due to disagreements. Finally, the games were given to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, the location of the 1936 Winter Olympics, just in time for World War II to break out. The 1940 Olympics were finally officially cancelled in November, 1939.
    • The 1944 Winter Olympics were intended to be held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, but were canceled, like the 1940 Winter Olympics, because of World War II.

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