Both the Summer and the Winter Olympics are coordinated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after every 2 years. They are quite popular and has attracted over 10,000 athletes from over 200 nations globally who take part in the events.

Below are the main differences between the winter and the summer Olympics:

The season when the events are held

The winter Olympics are held during winter and the sports that are held during this period are referred to as winter sports.

Summer Olympics are held during the summer season and the sports held are referred to as summer games.

Types of sports that take place

During the winter Olympics, the games held are relevant to the season and include ice-skating, ice hockey, skiing, and snowboarding, among others.

In the summer Olympics, sports such as athletics, swimming, badminton, hockey, weightlifting, football, volleyball, and basketball, among others take place.


The summer Olympic games are more popular and attract a larger fan base compared to the winter Olympics. The reason for this is mostly the conducive weather that is favorable for outdoor events and the TV stations play a big role in making the events popular.

Sporting events

The number of sporting events that take place in the summer Olympics is bigger compared to the limited sports that take place during the winter Olympics.


Summer Olympics are held after every 4 years during the leap year, whereas the winter Olympics is held after every 4 years, 2 years after the leap year.

Location for the competition

Summer Olympics can be held in any country as the sporting activities do not require any special condition. For the winter Olympics, they can only be held in North America, Europe, and selected Asian countries.

Most investors will focus on the summer Olympics and this makes the sporting very popular. They will sponsor selected events as they are assured that they will be able to reach more audience.

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