Changes of Winter Olympic Sports

Since the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 there have been gradual changes in the number and types of sports. However, some thigns have not changed: cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, nordic combined, ski jumping, and speed skating have been on the program at every Winter Olympics since the first in 1924.

Although recently the number of sport disciplines has not changed since 2002, the number of events has continued to rise. In 2018, four new events were introduced - big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing. In 2022, there with be another seven events: women's monobob, mens and women's big air, and mixed team events in aerials skiing, ski jumping, short track speedskating and snowboardcross.

Year Host city No. of Sports Disciplines Events Change in Sport Disciplines
2022 Beijing 7 15 109 unchanged
2018 PyeongChang 7 15 102 unchanged
2014 Sochi 7 15 98 unchanged
2010 Vancouver 7 15 86 unchanged
2006 Torino 7 15 84 unchanged
2002 Salt Lake City 7 15 78 skeleton added
1998 Nagano 7 14 68 curling and snowboarding added
1994 Lillehammer 6 12 61 unchanged
1992 Albertville 6 12 57 short track speed skating and freestyle skiing added
1988 Calgary 6 10 46 unchanged
1984 Sarajevo 6 10 39 unchanged
1980 Lake Placid 6 10 38 unchanged
1976 Innsbruck 6 10 37 unchanged
1972 Sapporo 6 10 35 unchanged
1968 Grenoble 6 10 35 unchanged
1964 Innsbruck 6 10 34 luge and bobsleigh added
1960 Squaw Valley 4 8 27 biathlon added, bobsleigh removed
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 4 8 24 unchanged
1952 Oslo 4 8 22 skeleton removed
1948 St. Moritz 4 9 22 skeleton added
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 4 8 17 alpine skiing added
1932 Lake Placid 4 7 14 skeleton removed
1928 St. Moritz 4 8 14 skeleton added, curling and military patrol removed
1924 Chamonix 6 9 16 speed skating, curling, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, nordic combined, bobsleigh and military patrol added
1920 Antwerp 2 2 4 ice hockey added
1908 London 1 1 4 figure skating added

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