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Winter Olympics

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  1. The 1956 Olympics at Cortina d'Ampezzo saw the debut of this behemoth which topped the medals table.

    Soviet Union

  2. The IOC's decision to organize the Summer and Winter Games in alternating even-numbered years came into effect from this year onward.

    1994 (Lillehammer)

  3. The same country hosting both the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year occurred in 3 instances. Name any 2.

    1924 (Paris, Chamonix), 1932 (Los Angeles, Lake Placid), and 1936 (Berlin, Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

  4. One of the biggest judging scandals in Olympic history came about at the 2002 games when the figure skating competition was fixed eventually resulting in the gold to be shared between the pairs of these two countries.

    Canada and Russia

  5. When the words "figure skating" and "East Germany" are used together, the name of this lady who won golds at the 1984 and 1988 games inevitably comes to mind. She even starred in the 1988 thriller Ronin.

    Katarina Witt

  6. Brian Boitano became famous in the sporting world for winning the 1988 figure skating Olympic medal and became even more famous in popular culture when this raunchy franchise adopted his caricature into several of its episodes and as a song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" in its movie release.

    South Park

  7. At the 1984 Winter Olympics, this British pair became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time receiving perfect scores from every judge.

    Torvill and Dean

  8. Because Switzerland largely escaped the effects of WWII, the games of 1948 were allocated to this resort which is now known as one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world.

    St. Moritz

  9. Just like the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympics were cancelled in these years due to WWII.

    1940, 1944

  10. Only two countries south of the equator that have medalled at the Winter Olympics.

    Australia and New Zealand

  11. The only city which was a nation's capital when it hosted the Winter Olympics.

    Oslo (1952). Note that Sarajevo was not its country's capital when it hosted the games in 1984.

  12. The Miracle on Ice hockey game in which the US beat a heavily-favored Soviet Union team took place in this year and at this venue.

    1980, Lake Placid

  13. A number of Olympic Committee members resigned after it was uncovered that they had accepted "gifts" for voting for this city to hold the games.

    Salt Lake City (2002)

  14. This political figure was the president and CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee.

    Mitt Romney

  15. Venue and year of the first Winter Olympics.

    Chamonix (France), 1924

  16. Despite an earlier crash in the downhill skiing event at the 1998 Nagano Games, Hermann Maier, nicknamed this, went on to win the golds in giant slalom and the super-giant slalom categories.


  17. The most successful American ever at the Winter Olympics with 8 medals, this speed skater later used his skills to good effect on television's Dancing with the Stars.

    Apolo Ohno

  18. Country that will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

    South Korea (Pyeongchang)

  19. Eleven countries of the northern hemisphere hosted the Winter Olympics and these many countries of the southern hemisphere hosted them.


  20. After enduring heartbreak for most of his career, this American speed skater won a gold in his final race in the 1000 meters category at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

    Dan Jansen

  21. Offbeat 1993 film that is based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsled team's debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

    Cool Runnings

  22. American who is the only person to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in different events.

    Eddie Eagen (boxing, four-man bobsled)

  23. Sometimes called the greatest speed skater ever, this American won all the five gold medals at stake in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, and 10000m at the 1980 Lake Placid games.

    Eric Heiden

  24. Norway's Ole Einar Bjørndalen is the most decorated Winter Olympics ever with 13 medals including 8 golds. He won all his medals in this sport that was once called military patrol.


  25. One of the biggest scandals involving Olympic athletes was this assault incident that preceded the 1994 Olympics and cast a shadow on the figure skating event during the event.

    Tonya Harding/ Nancy Kerriagan incident

  26. The 1972 Winter Games held in this city were the first to be hosted outside North America or Europe.

    Sapporo, Japan

  27. This Olympic venue has the sad record of being the city suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare.


  28. This Norwegian, who went on to become a leading Hollywood star, won the figure skating competition at the age of 15 at the 1928 games and held the record of youngest Olympic champion for decades.

    Sonja Henie

  29. Only country that won a gold at every Winter Olympic games.


  30. Sochi in Russia which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics lies on the coast of this water body and is one of the very few places in Russia with a subtropical climate.

    Black Sea

  31. While the "Miracle on Ice" game will forever find a place in US sports lore for the improbable win over the Soviet Union, not many people know that the US still had to beat this country in the finals (which it did) to win the gold medal.


  32. Distinction shared by the cities of St. Moritz (Switzerland) Innsbruck (Austria) and Lake Placid (United States).

    Cities that hosted the Winter Olympics twice.

  33. American figure skater who not only won a gold at the 1976 Innsbruck games but also became a crowd favorite with a much-copied haircut. She is even credited with inventing a new skating move.

    Dorothy Hamill (Hamill camel)

  34. One of the biggest controversies of the Winter Olympics involved this French skiing great at the 1968 Grenoble games. He won all the three golds in the Alpine skiing events only when Haakon Mjoen of Norway and Karl Schranz of Austria were disqualified.

    Jean-Claude Killy

  35. The opening and closing ceremonies at the Squaw Valley Olympics in California in 1960 were produced by this man who holds the record for the most Oscar awards and nominations than any other individual in history.

    Walt Disney

  36. Most successful nation ever at the Winter Olympics with a total of 329 medals including 118 gold.


  37. Famously inept British ski jumper who nevertheless became a crowd favorite at the 1988 Olympics where he finished last in both the 70 m and 90 m events.

    Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards