How Many Sports Are in the Olympics?

The Olympics is a quadrennial event that features both summer and winter sports. Here’s a look at how many sports are in the Olympics.

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The Olympics is a multi-sport event that occurs every four years. The first recorded Olympics took place in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. Since then, the Olympics has grown to include athletes from all over the world competing in a variety of different sports. As of 2016, there are 28 Olympic sports that athletes can compete in.

Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics have always been the more prominent Games of the two, with a longer history and more countries participating. The first Summer Olympics were in Athens, Greece in 1896 with 9 countries and 241 athletes competing in 43 events. Compare this to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where 207 countries and over 11,000 athletes competed in 28 sports.

With the 2020 Tokyo Games just around the corner, let’s take a look at how many sports are contested at the Summer Olympics.

Winter Olympics

There are 15 different sports in the Winter Olympics, including alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating.

These sports are divided into three different categories: ice sports, snow sports and sliding sports. Ice sports include figure skating and ice hockey, while snow sports include alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. Sliding sports include bobsleigh and luge.

The Winter Olympics are held every four years in a different host city. The next Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing in 2022.


In conclusion, there are a variety of sports that are in the Olympics. The amount of sports in the Olympics has increased over time. There are currently thirty-three sports in the summer Olympics and twenty-six sports in the winter Olympics. Some common sports that are in the Olympics are swimming, track and field, gymnastics, and figure skating.

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