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Winter vs Summer Olympics

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Winter Olympics ices out Summer Games

By Danny Keene

It took the  International Olympic Committee 28 years to finally decide to give the people what they want–Winter games. Winter games, with fewer sports yet more variety, the average Olympics viewer doesn’t have three different types of horseback riding between which to flip. Not to mention, the “main event” of the Summer Games is just nine and a half seconds of men running in a straight line.

The Winter Olympics are much more exclusive than the Summer games:  only 95 teams participating in Pyeongchang, while two years ago in Brazil, 207 teams competed the Summer games.  

This abundance of countries makes for an extra-long olympics, which makes the Summer Games seem like forever. For example, there is an event where you can watch people run around for over an hour and a half. Also, if you’re not into that, you can watch golf. Golf puts more people to sleep than a white noise machine.

The Winter Olympics, on the other hand, are full of excitement. Skiing and snowboarding are fast-paced action sports that keep the viewers watching. From half-pipe to aerials, this competitive sport is one the US dominates.

Even if the audience members are not particularly into action sports, and they enjoy a more artistic sport, figure skating. This huge eventgoes on for a majority of the Olympics. Additionally, those who are fans of more aggressive sports can watch hockey. Unfortunately, the NHL did not pause the league for players to go to the Olympics so they have to stay and play with their teams.

Summer Olympics have 214 more events in 13 more sports than the Winter Olympics

By Jack Blesch

The first Summer Olympics was held in 1896 in Athens, Greece–28 years before the introduction of the Winter Olympics in 1924. The 1896 Summer Olympics were the first true modern Olympics to take place. The first Ancient Olympic Games were also held in Athens in 776 BC and the last games were in 393 AD. No such Winter Olympics were ever played until 1924.

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio hosted 203 countries. Eleven thousand two hundred thirty eight athletes participated in 306 events in 28 sports. Compare that to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where 92 nations participate and only had 2,922 athletes compete in 102 events in 15 sports., It certainly seems as if the Summer games take priority. 

Olympic swimmer Micheal Phelps. Courtesy of Agência Brasil.

The Summer Olympics make more money than the Winter Olympics because of longer airtime, which gets more advertisements, and in turn generates more revenue. Not to mention the vast  number of events in the Summer Olympics, more people have a greater likelihood of attending. 

The bigger event venues and cost of venues generally tend to be more expensive for the Summer Olympics in exception to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which were the highest paid ever at 51 billion dollars.

Normally, the Summer Olympic venues are bigger than those in the Winter Olympic games, especially the Olympic Stadium. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics tend to cost more, be more cultural, and bring in way more revenue compared to the Winter Olympic ceremonies.

In the 2022 games, Beijing, China  will become the first city to host the Summer (2008) and Winter Olympics. The next Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan in 2020 and will be one of the most expensive ever with plans to create bigger venues to get more revenue for hosting the games. Bond to make a lot of revenue from tourists and native Japanese, all we can do now is wait for what will be an unique, and amazing Summer Olympics.

To access the olympic committe website, click here. 

To see all of the US olympic medal winners in 2018, click here.





Hello! My name is Danny Keene, I enjoy sports such as hockey and tennis. I am a sophomore at Gull Lake high school and enjoy writing on my opinions and sports.


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