Host Cities of the Modern Winter Olympics
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
For almost a century the Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the much larger Summer Olympics, and were thus eclipsed by it. The first Winter Olympics to be held separately took place in 1994, and since then these games have attracted larger audiences, increased the number of competitions and thereby realised its full potential.
Olympic Host Cities since 1994:
- 1994, Lillehammer, Norway. This small city is surrounded by mountains and overlooks Lake Mjøsa and the river Lågen. It has 28,000 residents. Its economy is dependent on the tourist and service sectors, since it hosts no industries. It has been chosen to host the 2016 Youth Olympics.
- 1998, Nagano, Japan. Nagano is located on the island of Honshū and has a population of 390,000. It hosts several popular ski resorts, including Japan's largest, Shiga Kogen. Zenkō-ji, a 7th-century Buddhist temple, attracts a million annual tourists.
- 2002, Salt Lake City, United States. This city is located in the Great Basin in the Intermountain West. The city itself has 190,000 residents, while 1,145,905 people live in its metropolitan area. It hosts the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the massive Liberty Park with its lake and island, International Peace Gardens and various world-class ski resorts.
- 2006, Turin, Italy. Situated in northern Italy on the Po River, it used to be the country's capital. It is steeped in history, with several museums, temples, art galleries and the celebrated Shroud of Turin. The headquarters of FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo make it Italy's automobile capital.
- 2010, Vancouver, Canada. Located in British Columbia, its urban area has a population of over 2 million people. Its seaport is the busiest one in Canada and forestry and tourism are its main industries. It is surrounded by the North Shore Mountains, Vancouver Island and close to Whistler, British Columbia.
- 2014, Sochi, Russia. The city itself has a population of 340,000, but its metropolis sprawls over a massive area. It is situated on the Black Sea coast near the border with Abkhazia. It is surrounded by rivers and is littered with hills, parkland and ski resorts.