The Olympic Games
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The Games are held in the summer and winter and are characterized by different athletic events, some of which might be considered seasonal, such as ice hockey in the winter. On the Web, you’ll discover more about each of these events, including rules and regulations, official governing bodies, and athlete profiles.
- The Olympic Games were held every four years (the length of an Olympiad) until 1992, when the IOC’s decision to hold Games every two years (alternating between summer and winter) went into effect.
- If you want to enhance your Olympic viewing experience, consider learning as much as you can about a sport or two that you find interesting; when the next Games roll around, you’ll know who and what to watch for, which could raise your excitement level.
- Although official federations are great sources of information, the Web provides a variety of ways to learn about Olympic sports. Don’t limit yourself to the sites below; reading the news sites we’ve posted at the end of this guide will help you become familiar with recent competitions, athletes, and commentary.
- In addition to official Olympic sports, there are recognized sports—such as bowling, golf, rugby and surfing—which, although held to IOC standards, are not included in the official Games program. Links to each sport's international governing body are provided in the "ARISF Members" section.
- The IOC is in charge of a somewhat secretive process of voting sports in and out of the Olympic program. In 2005, baseball and softball were both voted out, and the decision stirred controversy, as discussed in a USA Today article. Here is another article discussing the elimination vote from the Canadian media company CTV’s site.
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