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Summer Olympics Vs. Winter Olympics


Summer Olympics vs Winter Olympics  

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  1. 1. What is your favourite the Summer Olympic Games or the Winter Olympic Games?

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I am not sure whether there has ever been a poll on the question as whether you prefer to watch the Summer Olympic Games or the Winter Olympic Games?

For me it is the summer Olympic games as New Zealand has a longer tradition at the summer games. We have won more medals and have sent more athletes to these games.

While the winter olympics have some exciting sports such as snow boarding and freestyle skiing you cant beat the traditions and the grand spectacle of the Summer olympics.

I am interested to hear your reasoning

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For me it's definitely is Summer one... need any reason ? My country didn't and I think it won't take any part on the winter one, even if my country take a part, i think it will become like Thailand one... :), and on Summer my country won gold on every olympic since 92 :)

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Hmm this is a tough one. Summer becasue it has my sport:swimming (I swam in college) but idk I have really started to like the Winter sports and want to know how to actualy play then (this being curling) so I think I am going to give my vote to the Winter Olympics.

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For me its a tough one. Canada is a winter sport power, so from that point of view the winter games are better. Not only that, but Biathlon and the sliding sports (bob, skeleton and luge) are among my favorite sports, and the Olympics are by far and away the pinnacle of those sports. On the other hand, the summer games have a more international vibe to them (seeing more countries are competitive), and I am also a big fan of many summer sports (Swimming, Handball, Water-Polo, Show Jumping being some of my favorite). So, on balance, I think I like both equally ^^.

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Definitely Summer. For one thing, there's a lot more skin so it's the Sexy Olympics. And the sports are more exciting.

I love the Winter Games too, but it can't compare with the scale and prestige of the Summer Games.

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That is a tough call. I voted for the Winter Games, but only by a hair.

As a Canadian, the Winter Games are easier to watch as we do better. The Summer Games are often disappointing for us Canucks. Also, as the host of the next ones, there is a lot of interest there. The winter games also offer a bit more creativity in terms of the marketing and design elements and there is a more community feel to them. But you can't deny the majesty and power of the Summer Games. So on a scale of 10, Winter Games 9.95, Summer Games 9.94.

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The Summer Games -- due to their size, their multitude of sports, their status as the real global Games (since every nation has athletes practising summer sports, but not every nation has winter athletes) and their ancient origins and thus much longer tradition.

But the disadvantage of the Summer Games undoubtedly is that they contain so many different sports that they're always a little crammed and thus finished too quickly. Also, Winter Games have the advantage that due to the snow and the smaller number of events and athletes, they have a more cosy, less hectic feel.

Nevertheless, the Summer Games always touch me a little bit more -- and therefore, I voted for them.

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I voted for Winter Games.

I simply love all the wintersports, in my opinion they are much more spectacular than summer ones.

Some examples: alpine skiing, snowboard, ski jumping, free style, ice hockey and in general all the sports on ice ...and the list goes on and on...

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Basing this on actual visiting games, rather than watching on TV. I've been to 2 summer and 1 winter. Athens, Beijing and Torino. No comparison that I prefered the summer games. However, Vancouver should be really good, so maybe that will sway my decision if I was to make it again in 6 months time.

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The Summer Games, naturally. They are the original and true Olympic Games, which is why they are the "Games of the Olympiad" where as the Winter Games are merely the "Olympic Winter Games". The winter games are just a smaller sideshow/diversion to tide you over until the next Summer Games.

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The Summer Games, naturally. They are the original and true Olympic Games, which is why they are the "Games of the Olympiad" where as the Winter Games are merely the "Olympic Winter Games". The winter games are just a smaller sideshow/diversion to tide you over until the next Summer Games.

Well, they don't even use the "Olympiad" term anymore. For me, the summer Games are a mere seasonal distraction to tide me over until the next Winter Games come along. ;)

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Well, they don't even use the "Olympiad" term anymore. For me, the summer Games are a mere seasonal distraction to tide me over until the next Winter Games come along. ;)

Yes the do, and you know that ;) The official title of every summer games is "The Games of the **** Olympiad" Beijing was, what, XXIX? The winter games didn't even start until 1924. What was it that Avery Brundage called them? The "Frostbite Follies" :lol: I don't hate the Olympic Winter Games like that, I just find them rather boring and a way to pass the four year interval until the real deal comes along again. Vancouver 2010 is officially the "XXI Winter Olympic Games".

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The 2002 Olympic Winter Games were an extravaganza of global proportions, yet the winter games have not always enjoyed such favor or prominence. Dating retroactively to 1924 but not officially part of the Olympic program until 1928, the winter games have had an uneasy history. For the first fifty years controversies raged continually over whether the commercialism and professionalism in skiing, ice skating, and hockey were compatible with the Olympic ideal of amateurism and even whether winter sports should continue to be part of the Olympic program of international sport. Avery Brundage, president of the IOC from 1952 to 1972, was an outspoken critic of what he called the "Frostbite Follies." Opposition to the Winter Olympics was so great that the IOC Executive Board in 1964 considered eliminating the Games but eventually voted to continue them only through 1972.

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My favourite sport is athletics so I enjoy the Summer Olympics and watching this sport in particular. I'm a real athletics fanatic.

However, I prefer the atmosphere of the winter games as it's seems more friendly and cosy. I love the snowy imagery, the mountains and overall 'feel' of the games.

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The Winter Games are not some bastardized version of the Summer Games. They are a recognition that a great number of countries have a tradition of snow and ice sports, some of which were originally part of the Summer "Games of the Olympiad" program. When the IOC began staging separate winter games to recognize winter sports, they were originally to be a winter sports festival held in the host nation of the Summer host...hence the Paris/Chamonix for France in 1924, Los Angeles/Lake Placid for the USA in 1932, Berlin/GP for Germany in 1936 and the aborted Tokyo/Sapporo games of 1940 for Japan. When Amsterdam hosted the Summer Games in 1928 they couldn't host the winter events, so the Swiss hosted the Winter Games in Sant-Moritz. You could almost say that of London/Sant-Moritz 1948 and Helsinki/Oslo 1952 for Scandinavia, but I believe that by that time things were different in how the Games were awarded. Certainly changed with 1956 and the closest it has ever come back to that proximity was in 1976 when Canada and the US (Montreal and the later aborted Denver games) were awarded and in 1992 with Spain and France hosting the Games only a few hundred kilometres apart.

The Winter Games grew and matured in their own right...the vote to a schedule switch in 1986 was a recognition of that and a way to better market the two games.

In some ways, it would have been nice to keep the old tradition, but countries like Brazil, Australia, Greece and Mexico would have had to find Winter host partners. And what impact would that have had on the bidding process? Seoul-Pyeongchang 1988? Atlanta-Salt Lake 1996? Beijing-Harbin 2000? Rome-Torino 2004? Toronto-Vancouver 2008? Moscow-Sochi 2012? Chicago-Denver 2016?

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