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What are winter sports and winter Olympics?

Updated on September 8, 2014

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Winter sports

Winter sports are normally played during winter season. Formally, these sports are played on snow and ice. Some of the winter sports are played round the year such as Basketball. These are informal winter sports. Winter sports are quite different from the normal sports. These are normally the games take place in snowy area. The places may be on the hill tops are artificially created one.

The main winter sports are Ice hockey, Figure skating, Snow-blading, Mono skiing, Skoal, Tobogganing, and Snowmobiling. Other common winter sports include Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledding events such as Luge, Skeleton, and bobsleigh.

Winter sports images

Snowbike in Colroado
Snowbike in Colroado | Source
Ski clothing,  Exhibited in the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum
Ski clothing, Exhibited in the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum | Source
Asiada 2011 Proskurin A.N.
Asiada 2011 Proskurin A.N. | Source

Winter Sports included in Winter Olympics

Some of the winter sports are included in Winter Olympics and some are not. There are also some games which are included in some Olympics and not in other Winter Olympics.

There are several sports included in Winter Olympics Turin 2006 in individual and team categories. These are as follow:

Individual categories:

Ice skating:

Figure skating, Short-track Speed skating and Speed skating were included in Ice skating category.


Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Cross country skiing, Freestyle skiing, New school skiing, Nordic combined and Ski jumping were included in Turin Olympics as Skiing events.


Bobsled, Luge and Skeleton were played as Sledding.


Alpine snowboarding, Boarder cross, Freestyle snowboarding and Slalom were the winter sports included as Snowboarding games in the winter Olympics.

Team sports:

Curling and Ice hockey.

Ice Hockey goals

Winter Sports: Not included in Winter Olympics

There are some winter sports not included in the Winter Olympics. These are as follow:

Ice skating

Synchronized skating

Ski archery, Ski-boarding, Skibob, Ski-joring, Snowshoe, Speed skiing and Telemark skiing were not included in Turin Olympics.


Air-board, Dogsled racing, Ice Blocking and Wok racing were also not found their places in the Winter Olympics Turin 2006.


free style, snow-cross. Recreation, cross country and hill climbing in snowmobiling category were not included in Winter Olympics Turin 2006.

Team sports

Some of the team sports are played and enjoyed but not included in the Winter Olympics such as Bandy, Broom ball, Ringlet and Ice stock sport. Snowball fight is also a popular winter sport. Snowman building is popular among children and who build the highest one become the winner. Though Sledge hockey was not included in Winter Olympics it was included in Winter Paralympic Sport.

Recreational sports

People especially children enjoy some of the winter sports on casual basis. Building snowmen, Ice boating or sailing, Ice swimming, Shinny, Snowball fight and Tobogganing are some of them.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports: Regions and Events

There are many places and regions for winter sports. Canada is one of the best country for winter sports. Canada has already hosted two Winter Olympics and preparing for third one in Vancouver.

 Winter Olympics 2010 will be held in Vancouver, Canada.

Few of Winter sport regions:

Alps, Andes, Appalachian Mountains, Kashmir and Manali (India), Balkan Mountains, Carpathian Mountains, Karkonosze Mountains, Sudeten mountains, Lapland, Rocky Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Swiss Alps and Whistler are some of the Winter Sports regions.

Large number of winter sports events are organized all over the world especially in the snowy areas. Winter Olympics organized every four years are the most important of those. Some other notable Winter sporting events are Winter Paralympic Games, Asian Winter Games, Winter Universiade, Winter Dew Tour etc.

Vancouver Winter Olympic


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      VivekSri 7 years ago

      Peeked in to see some great stuff. Your hub intrigues. Good going.

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      TnFlash 8 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Excellent Hub! Thanks for your efforts.

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      shanekruger 8 years ago

      Thank you for the information from you too

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi all,

      Thanks for your comments and support. All your comments encourage me to write more.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      evan26 8 years ago

      I am very much a fan of Winter over summer sports

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Thanks for joining the HubMob. Your hub has been loaded into the Winter Sports roundup hub.

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      Surendra 8 years ago


      This is not a nice one. It is too short. Please elaborate.


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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Sports, the spirit of young are played in all the times in all seasons. Thanks for sharing.