Blountville
80° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Greeneville
80° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Abingdon
77° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Fast facts: Winter Olympics

By By CNN Library
Published On: Sep 27 2013 01:18:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Dec 01 2013 01:35:44 PM CST
Olympics

istock

(CNN) -

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Winter Olympics.

Winter Olympics facts and history

Jan. 25, 1924 - Feb. 5, 1924 - The first Winter Olympics are held in Chamonix, France.

The first Winter Olympic champion was Charles Jewtraw (USA); Jewtraw won a gold medal in the 500m speed skating event.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, there were 86 gold medal events, with 5,600 athletes and officials from more than 40 nations participating.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held Feb. 7-Feb. 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

The Chamonix games were originally called International Sports Week 1924 and were retroactively named the First Olympic Winter Games.

Sixteen nations and 258 athletes (11 women, 247 men) competed in 16 events at the first Winter Olympics.

Biathlon

Biathlon includes cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

1924 - Biathlon is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1960 - Biathlon is added to the Olympics in Squaw Valley.

1992 - Women's Biathlon is added to the Olympics in Albertville.

2014 - Biathlon mixed relay is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

Bobsleigh

1924 - Fours bobsled is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1932 - Pairs bobsled is added to the Olympics.

1952 - A weight limit is imposed on bobsled teams to make the competition fair.

2002 - Women's pairs bobsled is added to the Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Curling

1924 - Curling is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1932 - The last time curling is held for 50 years.

1988 - Curling is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Calgary.

1998 - Curling is added to the Olympics in Nagano.

Ice Hockey

1924 - Ice hockey is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1998 - Participation rules are changed so professional hockey players may participate in the Olympics.

Luge

1964 - Luge is added to the Olympic games in Innsbruck.

2014 - Luge team relay is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

Nordic Combined

Nordic Combined involves cross-country skiing and ski jumping.

1924 - Nordic Combined is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1952 - The order of events is changed to make the competition more exciting. Ski jumping is now held before cross-country skiing.

Skating

The four figure skating events are men's singles, women's singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

1908 - Figure skating is added to the summer Olympics in London as it can be held indoors.

1924 - Figure skating and men's speed skating is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1960 - Women's speed skating is added to the Olympics in Squaw Valley.

1976 - Ice dancing is added as part of the figure skating competition at the Olympics in Innsbruck.

1988 - Short track speed skating is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Calgary.

1992 - Short track speed skating is added to the Olympics in Albertville.

2014 - Figure skating team event is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

Skeleton

1928 - Skeleton is added to the Olympics in St. Moritz.

1948 - The last skeleton is included in Olympic competition until 2002.

2002 - Skeleton is added once again to the Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Skiing

Alpine skiing events are downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined.

1924 - Ski jumping and cross-country skiing are a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

1936 - Alpine skiing is added to the Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

1952 - Giant slalom is added as an alpine skiing event at the Olympics in Helsinki.

1988 - Freestyle skiing is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Calgary.

1992 - Mogul freestyle skiing is added to the Olympics in Albertville.

1994 - Aerial freestyle skiing is added to the Olympics in Lillehammer.

2010 - Ski cross is added to the Olympics in Vancouver.

2014 - Women's ski jumping is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

2014 - Ski half-pipe is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

2014 - Freestyle Ski Slopestyle is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

Snowboard

1998 - Snowboarding is added to the Olympics in Nagano.

2006 - Snowboard cross is added to the Olympics in Torino.

2014 - Snowboard Slopestyle is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

2014 - Snowboard Parallel Slalom is added to the Olympics in Sochi.