Winter Olympics Trivia
Every four years, the world comes together to celebrate the sports that winter has to offer and the athletes that excel at them. That’s right: it’s time for the Winter Olympics! Take a look at these facts and get excited to root for your home team.
The original Winter Olympic sports were alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating. We can barely imagine the Games without the mysterious sport of curling!
The torch relay for the 1952 Games in Oslo, Norway was conducted by 94 participants…entirely on skis.
The opening and closing ceremonies of 1960’s Squaw Valley Games were produced by the one and only Walt Disney. The 1960 games were also the first to feature women’s speed skating and the first to have a dedicated Athlete’s Village.
The 1972 Games, held in Sapporo, Japan, were the first to take place outside of Europe or the United States.
Ice hockey actually made its debut at the 1920 Summer Games; the Winter Olympics didn’t exist yet!
Tara Lapinski remains the youngest athlete ever to become an individual Olympic champion. She brought home the gold for figure skating at the age of 15 at the Nagano Games in 1998.
This year, for the first time since 2002, the Jamaican national bobsled team has qualified for the Winter Olympics. We are, of course, watching Cool Runnings in preparation.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will also be the first time women will compete in ski jumping.
The 1992 Winter Olympics were the last to be held during the same year as the Summer Games. That’s fine by us…we much prefer only having to wait two years for more Olympics!