The last Winter Olympic Games were held in Sochi, Russia. The XXII Olympic Winter Games were declared open on February 7, 2014, and the closing ceremony was held on February 23, 2014.
In 2007, the International Olympic Committee voted from a short list of three cities to determine the host city for the 2014 Games. Sochi won the vote by a small margin. After hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, Canada, passed the Olympic flame to Sochi for the opening of the 2014 Winter Games. The next Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place in PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea in 2018.Learn More
The purpose of the modern Olympic Games is to promote peace and unity within the international community through the medium of sports. The founder, Pierre de Coubertin, saw the games as a way to bring political enemies together.Full Answer >
At the collegiate and professional levels, the men's discus weighs 2 kilograms and has a diameter of 22 centimeters. The women's discus is slightly smaller, weighing 1 kilogram with a diameter of 18 centimeters. In high school, the boys' discus weighs 1.6 kilograms and the girls' weighs 1 kilogram.Full Answer >
Each individual Olympic ring does not have a meaning, but the rings and background overall represent the colors of the flags of every country that participated in the Olympic Games at the time of the symbols' creation. The symbol was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1912.Full Answer >
The hammer throw is a class track and field event in which participants throw a metal ball attached to a thin wire. The men's hammer weighs 16 pounds, according to Hammerthrow.org. The women's hammer weighs 8.8 pounds.Full Answer >