This section features a number of reading passages and accompanying questions that look at the winter games.

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.

The worksheets look at individual sports that not many people understand or are accustom to in the United States and Canada.

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Alpine, Cross-Country, Freestyle Oh My! What are the differences? Reading Passage

If you have ever watched skiers in action, you probably never noticed or understood the different styles of skiing that they may be performing.

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What are the differences? Quiz

Which form of skiing is performed as a demonstrative event at the winter Olympics?

What are the differences? Free Response Quiz

Why do you think that cross-country skiing has been part of life for those living in arctic zones for years?

What are the Events of the Winter Olympics?

In 2010, there will be 86 events included in the winter Olympics. These 86 events will be competitive in nature. In addition to this, there are numerous demonstration events which are done as performances and do not take home medals.

What are the Events of the Winter Olympics? Quiz

In each of the following, try to place the sport in it correct category based on the reading passage.

What are the Events of the Winter Olympics? Free Response Quiz

Is it fair to athletes of lesser-known events that they do not get television exposure like the others? Why or why not?

What are the Most Popular Winter Olympic Events?

In the 2010 Olympics there will be 86 different medalsupporting sports. In addition to that, there are demonstrative performances where no medals are given and they are only for the enjoyment of viewers to add to the aura and appeal of the Olympics commercially.

What are the Most Popular Winter Olympic Events - Quiz

Which sport is probably not televised very much during the games?

What are the Most Popular Winter Olympic Events � Free Response Quiz

What are some ways Olympic organizers could make the Winter Olympics more popular among television viewers?

What's the Difference Between the Luge, Skeleton and Bobsled?

The tracks used for these three events are normally 1,000 to 1,500 meters long and the riding area is only 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, which makes for close quarters.

What's the Difference Between the Luge, Skeleton and Bobsled? Quiz

What is one major difference between the luge, skeleton and bobsled race?

What's the Difference Between the Luge, Skeleton and Bobsled? Free Response Quiz

The riders of the bobsled and luge races often wear spiked shoes. How would this help them?

Why are the Winter Olympics held Every Four Years?

The Olympics are held every four years. A four-year period of time is called an Olympiad and has root to Ancient Greek times and the Grecian calendar. At the beginning of an Olympiad, festive games were held that included a racing competition as a kick off to the celebration.

Why are the Winter Olympics held Every Four Years? Quiz

If only 50% of the amount of athletes show up for the winter games that do the summer games, and the summer games had 1,000 athletes, how many would show up for the winter Olympic games?

Why are the Winter Olympics held Every Four Years? Free Response Quiz

The International Olympic Committee has a lot of power to make decision about the Olympics including where they are held and what sports are played. Is this a fair way to do things or not?

Why Would a Country Want to Host the Olympics?

Hosting the Olympic Games is an honor that many countries across the world scramble for the opportunity to have. How is the decision made and what would make hosting an Olympic games such an honor? The answer is money and prestige!

Why Would a Country Want to Host the Olympics? Quiz

When considering millions of tourists visiting your town, what would not be a factor that a city would have to worry about?

Why Would a Country Want to Host the Olympics? Free Response Quiz

Why would it make sense to host the Olympics in Rome every year? Why do you think the IOC does not do this?

What Exactly is the Biathlon?

The biathlon is a winter Olympic sport that date backs to the Neolithic age (3000 BC). Ancient pictures depict warriors sliding around on timbers with weapons used for hunting.

What exactly is the Biathlon - Quiz

Which two sports are combined to make the biathlon?

What exactly is the Biathlon - Free Response Quiz

Why would it take several years to build up enough competitors in the biathlon to include it in the Olympics?

What is Curling?

Until you witness curling, it can be a difficult game to understand. Essentially, players play on teams of four who try to strategically catapult a 42-pound granite ball down an ice alley into what is called a "house."

What is Curling? Quiz

Curling took a 56-year hiatus after 1932. How many Olympics did the sport of curling miss? (Consider the Olympics are held every 4 years?)

What is Curling? Free Response Quiz

What would hinder someone living in the United States from learning how to curl and competing?

What is the Nordic Combined?

As the name suggests, the Nordic combined event at the winter Olympics is a competitive venue in which the athletes perform two sports. In this case, the event is an 18-kilometer cross-country skiing race followed by a ski jumping competition.

What is the Nordic Combined? Quiz

If the relay race is four laps and each lap is 2.5 kilometers, what is the total distance that the team Nordic combined team will ski?

What is the Nordic Combined? Free Response Quiz

Why do you think that Norway and Finland have won the Nordic combined so many more times than other countries?

What Possible Events Might be Added to the Winter Olympics?

Every four years, the winter Olympics are held. Hosting the Olympics is a tedious procedure and can cost the hosting country billions of dollars in preparation.

What Possible Events Might be Added to the Winter Olympics? Quiz

In 2010, there are a minimal number of newly included games and sports in the Olympic schedule. In order for a game to be included, a vote has to be taken by members of the IOC and a sport has to be unanimously voted for in order to be included.

What Possible Events Might be Added to the Winter Olympics? Free Response Quiz

How many athletes do you think it takes to warrant introducing a new sport at the Olympics? Think of all the countries involved.