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The Olympic Games, or Olympics, are an international multi-sport event taking place every four years and comprising summer and winter games. Originally held in ancient Greece, they were revived before 1612 by English Captain and Attorney Robert Dover in Chipping Campden as a protest against Puritanism. British nobleman William Penny Brookes revived them again in 1850 in Much Wenlock before a French nobleman, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin started the current Olympics in the late 19th century. The Summer Olympics (Games of the Olympiad) have been held every fourth year starting in 1896, except in 1916, 1940, and 1944 due to the First and Second World Wars. A special edition for winter sports, the Olympic Winter Games, was first held in 1924. The first winter Olympics competitions were held as a non-Olympic sports festival, but were declared to be official Games by the International Olympic Committee in 1925. Originally these were held in the same year as the Summer Olympics, but from 1994 onwards the Winter Games and the Summer Games have been held two years apart. Last Olympic Games were Pyeongchang 2018 (Winter) and Rio de Janeiro 2016 (Summer); next are Tokyo 2020 (Summer) and Beijing 2022 (Winter).

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Opening ceremony of the 1956 Winter Olympics
The 1956 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. This celebration of the Games was held from 26 January to 5 February 1956. Cortina, which had originally been awarded the 1944 Winter Olympics, beat out Montreal, Colorado Springs and Lake Placid for the right to host the 1956 Games. The Cortina Games were unique in that all of the venues except one were within walking distance of each other. Thirty-two nations—the largest number of participating Winter Olympic countries to that point—competed in the four disciplines and twenty-four events. The Soviet Union made its Winter Olympics debut and won more medals than any nation.

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Poster for the "Winter Sports Week" for the 1924 Olympics
Credit: Auguste Matisse

The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the I Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Originally called Semaine Internationale des Sports d'Hiver ("International Winter Sports Week") and held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, the sports competitions held at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France between 25 January and 5 February 1924, organised by the French Olympic Committee, were in retrospect designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the I Olympic Winter Games.

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Eric Brewer
Eric Charles Brewer is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently serving as captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Drafted in the first round, fifth overall by the New York Islanders in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Brewer has spent portions of his eight–year NHL career with the Islanders, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Blues. He has also suited up for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League and the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League.Brewer is an NHL All-Star and Olympic gold medalist. Overall, he has represented Canada at eight International Ice Hockey Federation sanctioned events, winning three Ice Hockey World Championships gold medals and one World Cup of Hockey gold medal. His Olympic gold medal came during the 2002 Winter Olympics and he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame with his fellow British Columbians from the 2002 Canadian Olympic men's ice hockey team in 2003 for this accomplishment.

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  • ...that John Devitt was awarded a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome despite all three timekeepers awarding a faster time to the silver medallist?

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