Olympic Games : The Winter Olympics

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After many decades of holding the Olympic Games, people started to think that having a second type of Olympics would make the most beloved sports competition even more popular. The first Winter Olympics changed the image of the Olympic Games forever. The thrilling event of “International Winter Sports Week” later became known as the first Winter Olympic Games. The Ancient Grecian summer tradition was brought to the winter for the first time in Chamonix, France on January 25, 1924. The event was a huge success and it became a tradition in the same manner as the Summer Olympics. It was to be celebrated every four years. Having a Winter Olympics as well as a Summer Olympics gave more athletes the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games if their sport took place in winter weather conditions, like skiing or figure skating. The first Winter Olympic Games was an immense event that started a tradition which came to be known as the “largest winter sports competition in the world”. Nearly 3,000 years ago in Ancient Greece is where the roots of the Olympic Games lie. Every four years in Olympia, on the western Peloponnese peninsula, athletes would come together to compete in sporting events and honor the Greek god Zeus. The games continued in the same manner for 12 centuries until a Christian Roman emperor by the name of Emperor Theodosius I ordered for all “pagan” festivals to come to an end, which included the Olympic Games. In 1894, a Frenchman by the name of Baron Pierre de…
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