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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.


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.

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

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has material related to a number of Winter Olympics including invitations and objects in the Museum from the 1932 Lake Placid Games in NY. Franklin Roosevelt, then Governor of NY, opened the Games. View a collection of related records from our catalog.