What Sports Are on the Olympics?

The Olympics are a time when the world comes together to celebrate the best of humanity. But what sports are on the Olympics?

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The Olympics are a great time to watch athletes from around the world compete in a variety of sports. This year’s Olympic games will feature 28 sports, and each sport will have multiple events.

Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The Games were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and were most recently held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organizes the Games and oversees the host city’s preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place; this tradition began in 1904. The Summer Olympics have been hosted on five continents by a total of nineteen countries.

The 2016 Summer Olympics featured 28 sports with 41 disciplines, and a total of 306 events; athletics was the largest sport with 47 events (42 of them being individual events and 5 of them being relay events). The second largest sport was aquatics with 43 events (26 individual, 17 synchronized). Other notable sports included archery (4), badminton (5), baseball (1), boxing (11), canoeing (12), cycling (16), diving (4 individual, 2 synchronized), equestrianism (8), fencing (9), football (2), golf (2), gymnastics ((12 individual, 3 team)), handball(2 teams of 7 players each + beach handball which has 2 teams of 5 players each discipline: handball – played indoors; beach handball – played outdoors on a sand court measuring 20 m x 40 m; field hockey 2 teams of 11 players each discipline: hockey – played indoors; water polo 2 teams of 7 players each discipline: water polo – played indoors)), judo ((13)), modern pentathlon ((5)), rowing((15)), rugby sevens((2 teams of 7 players each discipline: rugby sevens – played outdoors on a grass field measuring 100 m x 70 m)), sailing ((10)), shooting ((15)), softball ((1)), table tennis((4)), taekwondo(8), tennis((5)), triathlon ((3 individuals + 1 team relay discipline : triathlon – swimming 1.5 km + bicycling 40 km + running 10 km ; mixed team relay – swimming 300 m + bicycling 6 km + running 1.6 km ; aquathlon – swimming 1 km + running 5 km )), volleyball((4 volleyball with 6 players per team disciplines: volleyball – beach volleyball played outdoors on a sand court measuring 16 m x 8 m; indoor volleyball played indoors on a hard court measuring 18 m x 9 m )), water polo(roped ball game similar to land-based games such as basketball or football that is typically played in a swimming pool)(2 teams)(7 players per team)(discipline: water polo)(played outdoors on a grass field measuring 100 m x 70 m).

Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are an international sporting event that takes place every four years. The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Since then, the Winter Olympics have been held in different locations around the world. The most recent Winter Olympics were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There are a total of fifteen sports that are contested at the Winter Olympics. These sports are: 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.

Athletes from all over the world compete in the Winter Olympics. The athletes compete in a variety of events that are specific to their sport. For example, Figure skaters will compete in events such as the singles competition, pairs competition, and ice dancing competition.

The Winter Olympics are a prestigious event that athletes strive to compete in. Being an Olympian is considered to be a great honor.


The 2020 Summer Olympics will feature 33 sports and a total of 50 disciplines. This is an increase of five sports from the 2016 Summer Olympics. The 33 sports will be contested at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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