The Summer Olympic games were such a success internationally that there was a great deal of pressure to hold a winter games. The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924 at Chamonix, France. It stands to reason that no country below the equator has ever hosted a Winter games, since for some reason the Olympic committee plans the games to be held in mid to late February. It's a bit warm in those countries at that time of year. 1992 was the last year that then Winter and Summer games were held the same exact year. Now the two alternate and are two years apart. Figure Skating and Ice Hockey are the oldest Winter Olympic sports because they were part of the first summer games before there was a Winter Games.
We begin by looking at common skiing events that are often misunderstood. We look at all the events that are present in this coming games. We look at the different sledding events and how the level of danger compares. We spend time looking into the history of all these events and why they were staged in response to the popularity of the Summer Games. Students will explore everything a country needs to do in order to host the games and why in the world would they ever want to do so. We finish off looking at the less understood events and we explain the rules and culture behind them. The worksheets look at individual sports that not many people understand or are accustom to in the United States and Canada.