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Events of the Winter Olympic Games

Ice hockey, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, and speed skating are five events that have appeared at every Winter Olympic Games since they were first held in 1924. Here's a look at those thrilling events and some other fan favorites to watch out for.

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Ski Jumping


Ski jumping is a thrilling, death-defying event in which winners routinely soar distances well in excess of 600 feet. Besides scoring for distance, competitors must also accrue style points in order to win the medal, which are based on steadiness, positioning, and landing. One of the most infamous ski jumpers was Vinko Bogataj, whose ill-fated jump got him a starring role in the introductory sequence to ABC's Wide World of Sports as the "Agony of Defeat Guy."

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