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Winter Olympics Hosts Quiz

Name the cities or places that have hosted (or will host) the Winter Olympics.
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Last updated: January 6, 2022
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First submittedFebruary 8, 2010
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Year
Host
2026
Milan / Cortina d'Ampezzo
2022
Beijing
2018
Pyeongchang
2014
Sochi
2010
Vancouver
2006
Turin
2002
Salt Lake City
1998
Nagano
1994
Lillehammer
Year
Host
1992
Albertville
1988
Calgary
1984
Sarajevo
1980
Lake Placid
1976
Innsbruck
1972
Sapporo
1968
Grenoble
1964
Innsbruck
1960
Squaw Valley
Year
Host
1956
Cortina d'Ampezzo
1952
Oslo
1948
St. Moritz
1944
Not Held
1940
1936
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1932
Lake Placid
1928
St. Moritz
1924
Chamonix
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Level 40
Feb 8, 2012
I couldn't spell Chamonix to save my life!
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Level 82
Feb 1, 2013
Much harder than the Summer Olympics one. Most major cities are not in places that would be suitable for ski jumping.
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Level 77
Aug 1, 2015
Damn. After Innsbruck I was thinking Garmisch-Partenkirchen, because of the ski jump competition around New Year's. Then I thought, yeah it was ski jump, not olympics. So didn't enter that. Also spelling "Sochi" is impossible, because here they spell it "Sotsi" and I keep trying to spell it in "English" with a "t".
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Level 88
Aug 1, 2015
So you spelled Garmisch-Partenkirchen with no problem, but Sochi was not only difficult, but impossible?!
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Level 77
Jun 25, 2019
Yup. There's just no other way to spell Garmisch-Partenkirchen and make it sound the same. Sochi on the other hand.. English has so many alternative spellings for the same sounds!
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Level 75
Jun 27, 2019
Unless in your confused memory it's the "m" in Garmisch is an "n". Then there's no helping you. Plus you get an inexplicable hunger for hot dogs.
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Level 75
Aug 1, 2015
Kinda sad that Beijing won the bid for 2022...I was totally rooting for Kazakhstan :(
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Level 30
Aug 3, 2015
It would be awesome if Kazakhstan got to host the 2022 Winter Olympics
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Level 75
Mar 31, 2017
I agree, it would be awesome to see some new places. It costs SO much money to put them on, though.
+4
Level 78
Feb 7, 2022
Bribery to the ICO members is a costly endeavour.
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Level 62
Feb 7, 2022
For once, a statement that aged well.
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Level 55
Aug 2, 2015
♫ Il n'y a que Grenoble ! ♫
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Level 30
Aug 3, 2015
YAY. The 2018 Olympics are going to be held in SOUTH KOREA! YAYAY :)
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Level 82
Aug 12, 2015
Beijing in 2022? How many cities have hosted both a summer and a winter olympics before? I think that's the only one, right?
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Level 82
Aug 12, 2015
They could probably do a winter olympics in Stockholm... there was a summer one held there in 1912.
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Level 88
Oct 19, 2015
Munich made a losing bid for the 2018 winter olympics. There are some rumours for a Stockholm bid for 2026, but nothing concrete yet.
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Level 66
Feb 3, 2018
But if Munich got a winter bid, I think most of the actual "snow" events would have to be conducted down in the Garmisch area. Somebody can correct me if there are ski slopes, etc. in the local Munich neighborhood.
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Level 82
Jun 26, 2019
Yeah but all the indoor stuff could be in the city. Hockey and all kinds of skating
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Level 68
Jan 2, 2016
I'm pretty surprised that the IOC went for mountain sports on artificial snow. In 2015, there was no snow at all on the proposed slopes. Unless 2022 experiences freakish snowfall, they are going to truck in or manufacture every flake. Seems insane.
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Level 47
Aug 13, 2017
It's because no one else wanted to bid because the IOC's ridiculous demands. Oslo pulled their bid which left Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Level 66
Feb 5, 2018
Exactly, it's insane. Almaty has plenty of snow every winter, I really don't understand why Beijing won.
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Level 71
Feb 5, 2018
First you have to have a group of people put in the position to choose a winner. Then you have to look after those people when they arrive to check on your facilities. Then you have to make sure that they will be looked after when they head off back to vote. You then have to make sure you can reward those people after the decision has been made. Lastly you have to keep your mouth shut regarding your dealings and more importantly be trusted by those people to keep your mouth shut.
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Level 71
Feb 7, 2022
I think it's quite simply because China is the much larger, powerful country. An Olympics in Kazakhstan isn't going to make as much of a buzz (or as much money) as one in China. Plus, China aggressively campaigns for these sorts of things as a way to project itself as a world power. Personally, I agree with ander and epicdjyoshi above that smaller countries deserve a chance to promote themselves to the world, and I wish Kazakhstan got the bid... but from the get go, I think it was hard for it to outcompete China.

That being said, I do wonder why China thought Beijing would be their optimal host city. A place like Harbin or even somewhere in the Himalayas would have been better.

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Level 82
Feb 10, 2022
You don't like the majestic backdrop of Beijing's ski jump in front of some old industrial cooling towers?
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Level 29
Dec 5, 2015
I only got Sochi because that was the most recent
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Level 84
Sep 7, 2016
I had no idea where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held, so I guessed Qatar, since that makes about as much sense as having the World Cup played there.
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Level 51
Mar 31, 2017
Really? At least accept Pyongchang, as that's Google's autocorrecting to.
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Level ∞
Jul 5, 2017
Pyongchang would have worked. Are you sure you didn't type Pyongyang?
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Level 72
Aug 2, 2017
Sion 2026!!!
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Level 82
Feb 4, 2018
Is that going to be before or after the machines invade?
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Level 59
Feb 5, 2018
I only got Vancouver and Sochi because of the Mario and Sonic games. In fact, the only places I know that Olympic Games were held are the ones that have Mario and Sonic games
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Level 47
Jun 24, 2019
Time for an update, the 2026 Winter Olympic host was announced today.
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Level 63
Jun 27, 2019
Cortina d'Ampezzo wins again. I was rooting for Stockholm. I thought even it wouldn't be too Islamified by 2026 :(
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Level 82
May 20, 2021
wtf are you talking about?
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Level 82
Feb 10, 2022
Interesting graph. Though the one thing that I'm most curious about is how Malaysians seemingly are so much better at demography than the average person. Every other country surveyed seems wildly off. Swedes more than most. Israelis and Montenegrins maybe 2nd and 3rd best.
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Level 65
Feb 7, 2022
I wonder why Pyeongchang is guessed so little when it's the most recent one (specially comparing it with Sochi), it was really easy for me to forget it too...
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Level 58
Mar 26, 2022
I had no idea how to spell it...
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Level 71
Feb 9, 2022
Uh Quizmaster, you featured this quiz 2 days ago? Seems odd that you'd feature it again so soon. I just want to make sure this isn't a mistake.
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Level 52
Feb 9, 2022
Can you accept Holmenkollen for Oslo?