Sweden is officially represented at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

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Since the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France in 1924, Sweden has never missed a Winter Olympics in nearly a century;Swedish ice and snow athletes have won 158 Winter Olympics MEDALS, ranking seventh in the world in both total MEDALS and gold MEDALS.The Winter Olympics began as the Nordic Games, founded by General Victor Gustav Balk in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1901 and held again in 1903 and 1905, then every four years until 1926.The founder of the Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, was a good friend of Barcke.He tried to add winter sports, especially figure skating, to the Olympic program, but did not succeed until the 1908 Summer Games in London.Four figure skating events competed, with Ulrich Salchow (10-time world champion) and Madge Syers winning individual titles.Three years later, Italian count Eugenio Brunetta d’Usseaux proposed that the IOC’s week-long winter sports be included as part of the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden.But the Swedish Olympic Committee opposes the idea because they want to keep the Integrity and independence of the Nordic Games.The 1916 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany revived the idea.A winter sports week involving speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey and Nordic skiing was planned, but the 1916 Games were cancelled after the outbreak of World War I.The first post-war Olympics, the 1920 Summer Games, were held in Antwerp, Belgium, and featured figure skating and ice hockey.Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey were banned from competing.At the ioc Congress the following year, it was decided that France, host of the 1924 Summer Games, would organize a separate “International Winter Sports Week” under the auspices of the IOC, and Chamonix was chosen to host the event.The 1924 Chamonix Games were a success, with more than 250 athletes from 16 countries taking part in 16 events.Athletes from Finland and Norway won 28 MEDALS, more than the rest of the competing nations combined.Charles Jutlau of the United States won the first gold medal in the 500-meter speed skating event.Norway’s Sonja Henie, just 11 years old, competed in the women’s figure skating competition and was a fan favorite even though she finished last.Sweden’s Gillis Grafstrom defended her men’s figure skating title, becoming the first Olympian to win gold MEDALS at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.Germany was banned from participating until 1925, when the IOC decided to create a separate winter event. The 1924 Chamonix Games are considered the first Winter Games.1928 St. Moritz, Switzerland, was appointed by the International Olympic Committee to host the second Winter Olympic Games.The changeable weather conditions posed a challenge for the hosts.The opening ceremony took place in a snowstorm, while warm weather conditions plagued the rest of the sporting events.The 10,000m speed skating event had to be abandoned and officially cancelled due to bad weather.The weather wasn’t the only notable aspect of the 1928 Games: Norway’s Sonja Henie returned to the Winter Games and made history when she won the women’s Olympic title, competing in figure skating at age 15.She became the youngest Olympic champion in history, an honor that would stand for 70 years and go on to defend at the next two Winter Games.Gillis Grafstrom won his third consecutive gold medal in figure skating and became the most decorated male figure skater to date with the silver medal in 1932.The third Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York, USA and were the first to be held outside Europe.Seventeen countries and 252 athletes took part in the competition.Fewer people than in 1928 because the trip to Lake Placid was too long and expensive for some European countries that had financial problems during the Great Depression.The athletes competed in fourteen events in four sports.There was almost no snow in the first two months of the Games, and until mid-January there was not enough snow for any of the events.Sonja Henie defended her Olympic title. Eddie Eagan of the United States, who was Olympic boxing champion in 1920, won gold in men’s bobsleigh,Joined Gillis Grafstrom as the only athletes to win gold MEDALS in both events summer and Winter Olympics.Egan is the only Olympian to accomplish the feat in a different sport as of 2020.Norway has won the most gold MEDALS and MEDALS in Winter Olympics history so far, with Sweden in seventh place.1924 Chamonix 1928 St. Moritz 1968 Grenoble 1972 Sapporo 1976 Innsbruck 1984 Sarajevo 1998 Nagano 2002 Salt Lake City 2006 Turin ItalyThe 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.