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Where were the last Olympics held?

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As of 2014, the most recent Olympic games were the winter contests held in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. More than 2,800 athletes competed in the games, and 12 new events were introduced, including women's ski jumping and the ski half-pipe for men and women.

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Where were the last Olympics held?
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During the Sochi Olympics, six nations competed in the winter games for the first time. They were Malta, Paraguay, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga and Zimbabwe. The summer and winter Olympic Games alternate every two years. Prior to the 2014 Sochi games, the 2012 summer Olympics were held in London. The 2016 summer Olympics are scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    How often are the Winter Olympics held?

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    The Winter Olympics are held every four years, as are the Summer Olympics. Until 1992, the Summer and Winter Olympics took place in the same year, but the International Olympic Committee decided to separate the games and hold the Winter Olympics midway between Summer Olympics.

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    Where did the Olympics start?

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    The ancient Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. in Greece. Though these athletic competitions were often held in conjunction with religious festivals at the time, they were secular in nature. The modern Olympic Games were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

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    What games were played in the ancient Olympics?

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    During the ancient Olympics, events were held for boxing, chariot racing, running, javelin and discus. Events such as wrestling and jumping were also included.

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    How often do the Olympics take place?

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