Summer vs. Winter Olympics

Summer Olympics
Winter Olympics

The Summer and Winter Olympic Games organized by the International Olympic Committee occur every four years. The Summer Olympics, more popularly known as just The Olympics is a much bigger event with 204 countries participating as of 2012. The Winter Olympics is an event on a relatively smaller scale, with about 88 countries participating in 2014. Even though these events occur every four years, the summer and winter events are staggered so that there's an Olympic event every two years — the Summer Olympics are held every leap year (2000, 2004, 2008), and the Winter Olympics are held 2 years after the leap year (2002, 2006, 2010).

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Summer Olympics

Winter Olympics

Introduction The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad is an international multi-sport event, occurring every four years. The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event that occurs once every four years.
Organized by International Olympic Committee International Olympic Committee
First held 1896 Athens, Greece 1924 Chamonix, France
Schedule Every four years, on the leap year Every four years, two years from the leap year.
Most Recent 2012 London, England 2014 Sochi, Russia

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edit Sports in the Summer Olympics

Sport Years
Archery 1900–1908, 1920, since 1972
Athletics All
Badminton Since 1992
Baseball 1992–2008
Basketball Since 1936
Basque pelota 1900
Boxing 1904, 1908, since 1920
Canoeing and kayaking Since 1936
Cricket 1900
Croquet 1900
Cycling All
Diving Since 1904
Equestrian 1900, since 1912
Fencing All
Football (Soccer) 1900–1928, since 1936
Golf 1900, 1904, 2016, 2020
Gymnastics All
Handball 1936, since 1972
Hockey (field) 1908, 1920, since 1928
Jeu de paume 1908
Judo 1964, since 1972
Lacrosse 1904, 1908
Modern pentathlon Since 1912
Sport Years
Polo 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936
Rackets 1908
Rhythmic gymnastics Since 1984
Roque 1904
Rowing Since 1900
Rugby union 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924
Rugby sevens 2016, 2020
Sailing 1900, since 1908
Shooting 1896, 1900, 1908–1924, since 1932
Softball 1996–2008
Swimming All
Synchronized Swimming Since 1984
Table tennis Since 1988
Taekwondo Since 2000
Tennis 1896–1924, since 1988
Trampoline Since 2000
Triathlon Since 2000
Tug of war 1900–1920
Volleyball Since 1964
Water motorsports 1908
Water Polo Since 1900
Weightlifting 1896, 1904, since 1920
Wrestling 1896, since 1904

edit Sports in the Winter Olympics

Sport Years
Alpine skiing Since 1936
Biathlon Since 1960
Bobsleigh 1924–1956

1964–present

Cross-country skiing Since 1924
Curling 1924

1998–present

Figure skating Since 1924
Freestyle skiing]] Since 1992
Sport Years
Ice hockey Since 1924
Luge Since 1964
Nordic combined Since 1924
Short track speed skating Since 1992
Skeleton 1928; 1948

Since 2002

Ski jumping Since 1924
Snowboarding Since 1998
Speed skating Since 1924

edit All-Time- Medal Tally

The table below is the all-time (summer and winter) tally for the top 10 nations as per the official data of the International Olympic Committee:

# Nation Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States USA 26 976 758 666 2400
2 Soviet Union URS (Past Nation) 9 395 319 296 1010
3 Great Britain GBR 27 236 272 272 780
4 France FRA 27 202 223 246 671
5 China CHN 9 201 144 128 473
6 Itali ITA 26 198 166 185 549
7 Germany GER 15 174 182 217 573
8 Hungary HUN 25 167 144 165 476
9 East Germany GDR (Past Nation) 5 153 129 127 409
10 Sweden SWE 26 143 164 176 483
11 Australia AUS 25 138 153 177 468

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