The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympic Games are a significant global multi-sport event held once every four years for sports practiced on snow and ice. There are many competitions, including alpine skiing, speed skating, skeleton, curling, and even more. These events are held in major world hubs, with this year’s being hosted in Beijing, China. The Winter Olympics have a long and varied history full of scandals and significant celebrated events. It represents something different to everyone, whether pride in your country or teamwork and collaboration. That is why it is internationally recognized as an impotent display of talent and cooperation. 

The Winter Olympics have a long and rich history of being an event where the most talented athletes worldwide compete against one another. The Winter Olympics held its first-ever game in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The traditional five Winter Olympic sports were curling, ice hockey, bobsleigh, skating, and Nordic skiing. However, since then, the Winter Olympics have developed. Now participants can compete in freestyle skiing, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, short track speed skating, luge, and skeleton. Some others, including bobsleigh and curling, have been suspended and subsequently reintroduced; others have been permanently discontinued. The Winter Olympics, since its start, has been changing and evolving to fit the times. In the present day, it has become the most global and significant winter sports competition of all. 

While the Winter Olympics are celebrated and beloved worldwide, it is not a stranger to controversy. For example, in the early 2000s, the procedure for granting host city honors was under harsh scrutiny after Salt Lake City had been chosen to host the 2002 Games. Shortly after an investigation had revealed some financial inconsistencies, it was uncovered that the organizers had committed a detailed bribery plot to gain endorsement with the International Olympic Committee. Another major problem of the Winter Olympics is the use of steroids. In 1967 the International Olympic Committee started drug testing competitors. This random testing soon revealed only a few drugged competitors. However, during the 1970s, random drug testing increased exponentially because it was shown that testing tended to deter athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs. During this time, the issue with testing was a lack of test standardization, which undermined the tests’ credibility. It was not until the 1980s that multinational sporting federations began to take steps to regularize the drug-testing protocols. Bribery and drugging are not the only controversies the games have faced; the Winter Olympics has a long history of disagreements and scandals. 

Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, was selected as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. With this election, Beijing became the first city ever to have hosted both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Like the Summer Olympics held six months earlier in Tokyo, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in strict health and security protocols, including regulations on general attendance. However, these protocols did not stop the 2022 Winter Olympics from being one of the most exciting and challenging competitions yet. Seven new sports have been introduced to the Olympics this year. While the vast majority of them include blended groups of both men and women, there’s one unique sport called the mono bob, a solo version of bobsledding exclusively for women. Additionally, the Games will feature six other events: Mixed Team Short Track Relay, Mixed Team Snowboard Cross, Mixed Team Ski Jumping, Mixed Team Aerials, and Men’s and Women’s Big Air (Freestyle Skiing). This year’s Olympics is set to make history, both with the challenges of COVID-19 and with new sports being added to the international stage. 

The Winter Olympics is considered the pinnacle of winter sports and competitions. Every four years, it brings together the best competitors from around the globe in one spot for a captivating contest of snow and ice. Figure skating, ice hockey, skiing, and ice skating, are some famous sports played at the Winter Olympics. However, there are many others, with even more being added. Since the beginning, efforts have become more inclusive and cooperative. Today it is still evolving and has become an incredible example of sportsmanship and worldly cooperation. 

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