The Winter Olympics were created to feature snow and ice sports that were logistically impossible to hold during the Summer Games. Figure skating (in 1908 and 1920) and ice hockey (in 1920) were featured as Olympic events at the Summer Olympics.
The IOC desired to expand this list of sports to encompass other winter activities. At the 1921 Olympic Congress, in Lausanne, it was decided to hold a winter version of the Olympic Games. A winter sports week (it was actually 11 days) was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France; this event became the first Winter Olympic Games.
The IOC mandated that the Winter Games be celebrated every four years on the same year as their summer counterpart. This tradition was upheld until the 1992 Games in Albertville, France; after that, beginning with the 1994 Games, the Winter Olympics were held on the third year of each Olympiad.
Seoul, Korea, May 17, 2019: Two-time Winter Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa put an end to her golden career on Thursday, May 16, saying she wanted to be remembered as a "living legend" in speed skating.
PyeongChang, Korea, May 6, 2019: The legacy of the Olympic Winter Games in Korea last year lives on with the launch of the PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Foundation headed by OCA Executive Board member Ryu Seung-min.