Winter Olympics

Events in Sport

  • 1924-01-25 I Winter Olympic Games open in Chamonix, France
  • 1924-01-26 American skater Charles Jewtraw claims the first ever Winter Olympic gold medal; wins 500m speed skating event in 44.0s at the Chamonix Games in France
  • 1924-02-05 I Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France
  • 1928-02-11 II Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1928-02-19 II Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1932-02-04 III Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • 1932-02-15 III Winter Olympic Games close at Lake Placid, New York

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1932-02-15 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1936-02-06 IVWinter Olympic Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1936-02-16 IVWinter Olympic Games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1948-01-30 V Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1948-02-08 V Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1952-02-25 VI Winter Olympic Games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1956-01-26 VII Winter Olympic Games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1956-02-05 VII Winter Olympic Games close in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1960-02-18 VIII Winter Olympic Games open in Squaw Valley, California

  • 1960-02-28 VIII Winter Olympic Games close in Squaw Valley, California
  • 1960-02-28 US wins 1st ever Winter Olympics gold medal in hockey by defeating Czechoslovakia
  • 1964-01-29 IX Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964-02-09 IX Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1968-02-06 X Winter Olympic Games opens in Grenoble, France
  • 1968-02-18 X Winter Olympic Games close in Grenoble, France
  • 1972-02-03 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • 1972-02-13 XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • 1976-02-04 XII Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1976-02-15 XII Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1980-02-13 XIII Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • 1984-02-08 XIV Winter Olympic Games open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1984-02-12 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo
  • 1984-02-19 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1988-02-13 XV Winter Olympic Games open in Calgary, Canada
  • 1988-02-24 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • 1988-02-28 XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada
  • 1988-09-15 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1992-02-08 XVI Winter Olympic Games opens in Albertville, France
  • 1992-02-23 XVI Winter Olympic Games close in Albertville, France
  • 1994-02-12 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1994-02-27 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1995-06-16 Salt Lake City awarded the XIX Winter Olympics in 2002
  • 1998-02-07 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan
  • 1998-02-22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • 2000-07-20 The leaders of Salt Lake City's bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering
  • 2002-02-08 IXX Winter Olympic Games open in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2002-02-24 IXX Winter Olympic Games close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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2006-02-10 XX Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2006-02-26 XX Winter Olympic Games close in Turin, Italy

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2009-06-24 Mike Babcock is named head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics (they would win the gold medal)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2010-02-12 XXI Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010-02-28 XXI Winter Olympic Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013-07-22 Mike Babcock is again named head coach of Team Canada, this time for the 2014 Winter Olympics (they would repeat as gold medalists)
  • 2014-02-07 XXII Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia
  • 2014-02-08 Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12
  • 2014-02-23 XXII Winter Olympic Games close in Sochi, Russia
  • 2017-12-05 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping

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2018-02-14 Winter Olympics: American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented third halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 2010)

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • 2018-02-21 Winter Olympics: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first Americans in history to win a cross country gold medal (team sprint)
  • 2018-02-24 Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka (Czech Rep) wins unprecedented gold medals in different sports (snowboard parallel giant slalom and earlier skiing's Super-G)
  • 2018-02-25 XXIII Winter Olympic Games close in Pyeongchang, Korea; Norway win a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • 2018-02-25 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914-07-01 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • 1959-06-25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper (Winter Olympics medalist), born in Lahti, Finland

Person of interestAlexandre Bilodeau

1987-09-08 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau

Deaths in Sport

  • 1969-06-01 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (3 golds 1936 Winter Olympics), dies at 65
  • 2004-09-28 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90