Open main menu

Wikipedia β


The Olympics Portal

Olympic rings without rims.svg
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. Current Olympic Games are Pyeongchang 2018 (Winter). Last games were Rio de Janeiro 2016 (Summer) and next are Tokyo 2020 (Summer).

Selected article

An entry gate to Bislett Stadion, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the speed skating and figure skating competitions
The 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VI Olympic Winter Games, took place in Oslo, Norway, from 14 to 25 February 1952. Discussions about Oslo hosting the Winter Olympic Games began as early as 1935; the city wanted to host the 1948 Games, but World War II made that impossible. Instead, Oslo won the right to host the 1952 Games in a contest that included Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy and Lake Placid in the United States. All of the venues were in Oslo's metropolitan area except for the alpine skiing events, which were held at Norefjell, 113 km (70 mi) from the capital. A new hotel was built to house the press and dignitaries, along with three dormitories to house athletes and coaches, creating the first modern athlete's village. The city of Oslo bore the financial burden of hosting the Games in return for the revenue they generated.

Selected picture

Poster promoting the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid
Credit: Works Progress Administration

The 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1932 in Lake Placid, New York, United States.

Olympics Topics

Selected athlete

Ellen van Dijk
Eleonora "Ellen" van Dijk is a Dutch professional road and track racing cyclist riding for Velocio–SRAM Pro Cycling. Van Dijk is a time trial specialist and became 2008 World Track Champion in the scratch race and 2012 Road World Champion in team time trial.

Van Dijk started as a speed skater and as part of her skating training she undertook cycling as part of cross-training in summer. She excelled at both, competing nationally at junior level. After becoming a national cycling champion for the fifth time in 2007, she quit speed skating and became a full-time cyclist. Along with her world title successes, Van Dijk has also twice been European track champion, twice European time trial champion and has won five world cup races. In 2012 she competed in three disciplines at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she helped Marianne Vos win the gold medal in the road race, finished eighth in the time trial and sixth in the team pursuit.

Olympics news

Did you know...

DYK Question Mark Right
  • ...that the Olympics were cancelled in 1916 for World War I, and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War II?
  • ...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?

Olympics countdown

Olympic Games
Pyeongchang - 5932599581.jpg Pyeongchang
Underway
2018
Winter
Tokyo Dome night.jpg Tokyo
889 days left
2020
Summer
雪中紫禁城 5.jpg Beijing
1449 days left
2022
Winter
Arc Triomphe.jpg Paris
2359 days left
2024
Summer
Youth Olympic Games
Obelisk Buenos Aires.jpg Buenos Aires
232 days left
2018
Summer
Lausanne img 0586.jpg Lausanne
693 days left
2020
Winter

Related portals

Associated Wikimedia

The following Wikimedia Foundation sister projects provide more on this subject:

Wikibooks
Books

Commons
Media

Wikinews 
News

Wikiquote 
Quotations

Wikisource 
Texts

Wikiversity
Learning resources

Wikivoyage 
Travel guides

Wiktionary 
Definitions

Wikidata 
Database

Wikispecies 
Species

Sports portals