Topend Sports Logo

Host City: 1940 Winter Olympics

The 1940 Winter Games were originally scheduled for Sapporo, in Japan, though the Japanese pulled out as hosts in 1937 when the Sino-Japanese war broke out. St. Moritz was the next choice, but the Swiss felt that ski instructors should not be considered professionals and the IOC withdrew its offer.

Finally, the host of the 1936 Games, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany was asked to serve again as host, but the Germans invaded Poland in 1939 and the Games were eventually canceled.

the ski jump track in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germanythe ski jump track in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany

Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions, or corrections? Please let us know.

Olympics Extra

The next Olympics will be in Paris 2024, followed by the Winter edition in Milan-Cortina 2026. Check out the list of Olympic Games sports, as well as discontinued and demonstration sports.

Major Events Extra

The largest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games, but there are many other multi-sport games. In terms of single sport events, nothing beats the FIFA World Cup. To see what's coming up, check out the calendar of major sporting events.

 → How to Cite