Winter Olympics

Events in Sport

  • 1924-01-25 1st Winter Olympic games open in Chamonix, France
  • 1924-01-26 Charles Jewtraw, US 500m skater, takes 1st Winter Olympic gold medal
  • 1924-02-04 1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix, France
  • 1928-02-11 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1928-02-19 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1932-02-04 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • 1932-02-15 3rd 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 4th Winter Olympic games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1936-02-16 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1948-01-30 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1948-02-08 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1952-02-25 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1956-01-26 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1956-02-05 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1960-02-18 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California

  • 1960-02-28 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California
  • 1960-02-28 US wins 1st ever Winter Olympics gold medal in hockey by defeating Czechoslovakia
  • 1964-01-29 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964-02-09 9th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1968-02-06 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
  • 1968-02-18 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
  • 1972-02-03 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • 1972-02-13 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • 1976-02-04 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1976-02-15 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1980-02-14 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • 1984-02-08 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1984-02-12 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo
  • 1984-02-19 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1988-02-13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • 1988-02-24 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • 1988-02-28 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • 1988-09-15 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1992-02-08 16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France
  • 1992-02-23 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
  • 1994-02-12 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1994-02-27 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1995-06-16 Salt Lake City awarded the XIX Winter Olympics in 2002
  • 1998-02-07 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • 1998-02-22 18th Winter Olympic games close at 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 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2002-02-24 19th Winter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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2006-02-10 20th 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 20th Winter Olympic Games close at 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 21st Winter Olympic Games open at Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010-02-28 21st Winter Olympic Games close at 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 22nd Winter Olympic Games open at Sochi, Russia
  • 2014-02-08 Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12
  • 2014-02-23 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at 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 Winter Olympics end in Pyeongchang, Korea with Norway winning 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