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The first Winter Olympic Games were held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France in 1924. The original six sports—divided into 14 different events—included ski jump, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, skiing, and skating. Today, it has become a major international, multi-sport event taking place every 4 years. The modern-day Winter Olympic Games now include 15 different sports—such as snowboarding, biathlon, and luge—with more than 100 events.


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View Winter Olympic Records from Our Catalog

Within our holdings are words and images that document U.S. participation in the Winter Games. You may view a selection of those records in the National Archives Catalog.

Learn about newly added records in the Catalog Newsletter. The Winter Olympics issue highlights records related to historic Olympic Games.


Forest Service film about the 1960 games: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service video from March 22, 1961, highlighting the VIII Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Tahoe National Forest, California. Record Group 16.

Universal News Volume 37, Release 10, February 3, 1964, highlights the IX Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.

Coverage of the 1964 Olympics in this Universal newsreel: Universal News Volume 37, Release 12, February 10, 1964, highlights the IX Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.

Barack Obama Presidential Library
The President and First Lady Welcome Team USA to the White House
President Obama Has a Message for Team USA

William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Remarks Honoring the 1994 US Winter Olympic Athletes

Gerald R. Ford Library Presidential Library
A Daily Diary of President Gerald R. Ford

Richard Nixon Presidential Library
VIII Olympic Winter Games (1960) Opening Ceremony Sequence

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
President's Daily Diary: Visit of Peggy Fleming to the White House, March 27, 1968

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
The FDR Library has material related to a number of Winter Olympics including invitations and objects in the museum from the 1932 Lake Placid Games in New York. Franklin Roosevelt, then Governor of New York, opened the Games. View a collection of related records from the National Archives Catalog.