Winter Games

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plural noun
Olympic Games held every fourth winter and including skiing, ice-skating, bobsledding, and other primarily winter sports.
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What are the Winter Games?

The Winter Games are the winter version of the Olympic Games, an international athletic competition featuring multiple sporting events between athletes  representing their country.

The Olympic Games are commonly called the Olympics, and the Winter Games are commonly called the Winter Olympics.

There are two related but separate events called the Olympic Games: one hosted in winter, called the Winter Games, and one hosted in summer, called the Summer Games.

The Winter Games feature winter sports, including figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, and many others.

When are the Winter Games?

The 2022 Winter Games are scheduled for February 4–20, 2022. They will be held in Beijing, China.

The Olympics are now usually staggered so that there is two years between the Summer Games and the Winter Games, with each being held every four years (usually in even-numbered years). The Winter Games are usually held in February and the Summer Games are usually in July and August.

More information and context on the Winter Games

The modern Olympic Games are based on an ancient Greek festival and competition (also referred to as the Olympic Games) that featured a range of athletic competitions as well as patriotic and religious rituals. The ancient Olympic Games are thought to have been first held in 776 b.c.e., and they were held regularly—often every four years—until the 4th century c.e. They were held in a place known as Olympia, the plain of Mount Olympus, which in Greek mythology was believed to be the realm of the gods.

In 1892, French scholar Pierre de Coubertin began a movement to reinstate the Olympic Games as a global event. In 1896, the first global modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. The first event known as the Winter Games was held in France in 1924.

The Winter Games and the Summer Games used to be held in the same year, but they started to be staggered in the 1990s. Today, both events host thousands of athletes from more than 90 countries. They are organized by the International Olympic Committee with the goal of gathering the world’s best athletes and creating global connections and peace between nations.

The Winter Games and the Summer Games are both known for having elaborate opening and closing ceremonies that celebrate the culture of the host country.

Here is list of some of the events in the Winter Games:

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How are the Winter Games discussed in real life?

The Winter Games are typically considered the less popular version of the Olympic games, but they feature a number of popular events, including figure skating, skiing, and snowboarding.

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The Winter Games used to be held in the same year as the Summer Games.

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