Original title: Winter Olympics 100 Questions | When was the last time the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics were held in the same year?
The 24th Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The Sports Department of Chinanews.com has launched a series of column “Hundred Questions about the Winter Olympics”, which aims to popularize the knowledge of the Winter Olympics, answer hot questions, share interesting stories about ice and snow, and help everyone have a better viewing experience at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
78th Winter Olympics Questions | When was the last time the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics were held in the same year?
The Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics are no longer held in the same year. But earlier in history, these two events were held in the same year. So, when was the last time the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year?
The Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held every four years, initially in the same year and in the same country as the Summer Olympics. Starting from the 2nd Winter Olympics in 1928, the venues of the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics were changed to different countries.
In 1992, the Albertville Winter Olympics and the Barcelona Olympics were held successively, which was the last time the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics were held in the same year.
Magique, the mascot of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. The mascot design takes the child as the protagonist. This star-shaped mascot represents dreams and creativity. The color comes from the French flag and is named “Ice Elf”.Image source: IOC official website
After that, the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics will be held at two-year intervals. The 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, were held before the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
As a result, the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics in Norway and the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics were only two years apart, and it was also the only Winter Olympics in history with a gap of only two years.
The XVI Winter Olympics in Albertville, France in 1992 were the last Winter Olympics to be held in the same year as the Summer Olympics. Chinese female athlete Ye Qiaobo, who was injured and fought tenaciously, won silver medals in speed skating in the 500m and 1000m. She went with an ice skate and triumphed in a wheelchair, which became a sports myth of the year.Photo by Zhao Tongjie issued by China News Agency
At the Albertville Winter Olympics, a total of 1,801 athletes from 64 countries and regions participated. Of the 57 competitions held, only 18 were held locally in Albertville, while the rest were held in competition venues located in Albertville and its 1,000-square-kilometer Olympic Park to the southeast. This Winter Olympics is also the most fragmented in history.
In addition, at the Albertville Winter Olympics, the Chinese sports delegation achieved a “zero breakthrough” in medals after 12 years of hard work. He won 3 silver medals in the 34 events he participated in. China‘s Ye Qiaobo won two silver medals in the women’s 500-meter and 1,000-meter speed skating competitions. (Liu Xingchen)