Well, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are over. Hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea (a first for this country), there were upsets, triumphs, huge surprises, injuries, thrills and spills. The speeds that the athletes ski, skate, flip on snowboards and skim on narrow iced tracks in metal capsules was both terrifying and magnificent. I lost count of the times I held my breath during some of the speediest events.
The Olympic Games were first held in Athens in 1896. There have been 30 Olympic games in my lifetime. Until 1992 both the summer and winter games were held in the same year. In 1956, my birth year, the Olympic Games were held in Contina-d-Ampezzo, Italy in January. There were 24 events and 821 athletes -134 women, 687 men. In November of the same year, Melbourne, Australia hosted the games. This was the first time they'd been held in the southern hemisphere. There were 145 events and 3,314 athletes participating - 376 women, 2,938 men.
The 2018 games featured 102 events in fifteen sports, with the addition of "big air" snowboarding" mixed doubles curling (because a solo curler isn't enough), mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing to previous Winter Olympic programs. 2,914 athletes from 92 NOCs (National Olympic Committees) competed, including the debuts of Singapore, Eritrea, Ecuador, Nigeria, Malaysia and Kosovo.
So, now we have two years to wait for the next Olympic games. 2020. To me that sounds so far into the future. Must be because it's the first year past the 20 teens. In 2020 we'll have the Summer Olympic games, hosted in Tokyo, Japan.
Of Of all the cities that have hosted the Olympic Games since 1896, I've been to eight:
London Salt Lake City Atlanta Los Angeles Lake Placid
Squaw Valley Montreal Mexico
If I ever make it to Italy, (a trip that has been on my I Will Go There Someday list forever), then I can add Rome to the list.
Have you been to any of the former or future Olympic sites?
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