(GETTY IMAGES/CNN) – In a few days, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will officially begin, but there's a lot people might not know about the games.
Like the Summer Games but a little colder, the Winter Olympics takes place every four years. The games started in Chamonix, France in 1924.
The United States has hosted the games four times, while Sochi is the first time a Russian city has been chosen.
The last time the summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same country in the same year was 1936 in Germany. In 1948, the Swiss city of St. Moritz became the first to host the Olympics for the second time. The Germans and Japanese weren't invited.
The Austrian Army has to transport snow and ice to venues in 1964 when warm weather at Innsbruck resulted in a lack of both.
Despite being selected, the people of Colorado voted against Denver hosting the games in 1976 and Innsbruck was given another chance. There were no problems with the snow and ice that time.
The 1992 games in France was the last time the Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the Summer Games.
There were more than 2,000 athletes in Nagano when the Japanese city hosted the event in 1998.
The last winter games were held in Vancouver in 2010, and were the second time the games were held on Canadian soil. Unlike the summer games, no city of its size, around 2.5 million, had hosted the winter games before.
All of those facts bring us up to date and to Sochi, which will host the next Winter Olympics, beginning Friday.
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