Winter Olympic Competitions Fast Facts

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(CNN)Here's some background information about the Winter Olympics, which are held every four years.

    The 2018 Winter Olympics were held February 9-25, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea.

    Winter Olympics Facts and History

    January 25, 1924-February 5, 1924 - The first Winter Olympics are held in Chamonix, France.
    The Chamonix games were originally called International Sports Week 1924 and were retroactively named the First Olympic Winter Games.
    The first Winter Olympic champion was Charles Jewtraw (USA); Jewtraw won a gold medal in the 500m speed skating event.
    Sixteen nations and 258 athletes (11 women, 247 men) competed in 16 events at the first Winter Olympics.

    Biathlon

    Biathlon includes cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
    1924 - Biathlon is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    1960 - Biathlon is added to the Olympics in Squaw Valley.
    1992 - Women's Biathlon is added to the Olympics in Albertville.
    2014 - Biathlon mixed relay is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

    Bobsleigh

    1924 - Fours bobsled is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    1932 - Pairs bobsled is added to the Olympics.
    1952 - A weight limit is imposed on bobsled teams to make the competition fair.
    2002 - Women's pairs bobsled is added to the Olympics in Salt Lake City.
    2022 - Women's monobob is added to the Olympics in Beijing.

    Curling

    1924 - Curling is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    1932 - The last time curling is held for 50 years.
    1988 - Curling is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Calgary.
    1998 - Curling is added to the Olympics in Nagano.
    2018 - Mixed doubles curling is added to the Olympics in PyeongChang.

    Ice Hockey

    1924 - Ice hockey is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    1998 - Participation rules are changed so professional hockey players may participate in the Olympics.

    Luge

    1964 - Luge is added to the Olympic games in Innsbruck.
    2014 - Luge team relay is added to the Olympics in Sochi.

    Nordic Combined

    Nordic Combined involves cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
    1924 - Nordic Combined is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    1952 - The order of events is changed to make the competition more exciting. Ski jumping is now held before cross-country skiing.

    Skating

    The four figure skating events are men's singles, women's singles, pairs and ice dancing.
    1908 - Figure skating is added to the summer Olympics in London as it can be held indoors.
    1924 - Figure skating and men's speed skating is a part of the first winter Olympics in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
    1960 - Women's speed skating is added to the Olympics in Squaw Valley.
    1976 - Ice dancing is added as part of the figure skating competition at the Olympics in Innsbruck.
    1988 - Short track speed skating is an exhibition event at the Olympics in Calgary.
    1992 - Short track speed skating is added to the Olympics in Albertville.
    2014 - Figure skating team event is adde