The 2014 Winter Olympics (XXII Olympic Winter games) is set to kick off in Sochi, Russia from 7 February and end on 23rd of the same month. It is much awaited by both fans and participants especially in Russia, Sochi being the first city in Russia to host winter Olympics since the celebrations were first held in 1924.
Most people know about the Winter Olympic celebrations but may not know much about their rich history. It is good to take a look back because history usually determines the future and can help you understand why some participating countries are more successful than others.
These celebrations started back in 1924 with the first being held French city of Chamonix. The games were held every four years from 1924 to 1936 but were interrupted by the World War II and resumed in 1948. The 1940 games were scheduled for Sapporo, Japan while those of 1944 were scheduled for Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy. The original sports events included cross-country and alpine skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, ski jumping, Nordic combined and speed skating.
The Winter, as well as Summer Olympic games, were conducted the same year but at different times until 1992 when, pursuant to the 1986 decision by the world Olympic Sports governing body to separate the summer and winter games in alternating four-year-cycle in even-numbered years. Consequently the winter games were held in 1994 after the 1992 games.
Since its inception, 12 countries have consistently attended every Olympic games. These countries include Canada, Austria, Finland, Great Britain, Italy, United States, France, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Switzerland.
Of these twelve countries, six have earned medals every time they participate, and these include Canada Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the United States. In terms of medals, only the United States has earned gold medals at each of the Games of Winter Olympics
In this year’s celebrations, 94 nations have confirmed to compete with over 2500 sportsmen expected to participate. Both Canada and United states have previously finished #1 in medals for winter Olympics while hosting the events. The current all-time leader in winter Olympic medals is Norway with well over 300 medals. It may also be interesting to learn that US has played host to the games 4 times, Canada twice.
So, where do you intend to watch this year’s games from: Home or live from Sochi? KNCTR will allow you to get reactions form the XXII Winter Games on their Sports channel, and if you have traveled to Sochi, KNCTR gives you an opportunity to make free phone calls to friends and family back home in USA and Canada.
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