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The modern Olympic Games or Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques) are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are normally held every four years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Olympics every two years in the four-year period.

Their creation was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games (Ancient Greek: ? ), held in Olympia, Greece from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. The IOC is the governing body of the Olympic Movement,[definition needed] with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.

The evolution of the Olympic Movement during the 20th and 21st centuries has resulted in several changes to the Olympic Games. Some of these adjustments include the creation of the Winter Olympic Games for snow and ice sports, the Paralympic Games for athletes with disabilities, the Youth Olympic Games for athletes aged 14 to 18, the five Continental games (Pan American, African, Asian, European, and Pacific), and the World Games for sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The IOC also endorses the Deaflympics and the Special Olympics. The IOC has needed to adapt to a variety of economic, political, and technological advancements. The abuse of amateur rules by the Eastern Bloc nations prompted the IOC to shift away from pure amateurism, as envisioned by Coubertin, to the acceptance of professional athletes participating at the Games. The growing importance of mass media has created the issue of corporate sponsorship and general commercialisation of the Games. World wars led to the cancellation of the 1916, 1940, and 1944 Olympics; large-scale boycotts during the Cold War limited participation in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics; and the 2020 Olympics were postponed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Danish Olympic badminton player Peter Gade
Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" (with one player per side) and "doubles" (with two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side's half of the court.

Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the umpire, service judge, or (in their absence) the opposing side.

The shuttlecock is a feathered or (in informal matches) plastic projectile which flies differently from the balls used in many other sports. In particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly. Shuttlecocks also have a high top speed compared to the balls in other racquet sports. The flight of the shuttlecock gives the sport its distinctive nature.

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A massive composite of the whole stadium just before the ceremonies began.
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The Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics took place on February 26, 2006 beginning at 20:00 CET (19:00 UTC) at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin, Italy.

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Shaherkani at the 2012 Olympics
Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani (or "Shaherkani"; Arabic: ? ?‎; born 1 February 1996) is a Saudi judo competitor who was one of two women selected to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was the first woman to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics.

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22 September 2021 - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports
2022 Winter Olympics, United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics
The United States will require athletes to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. (Axios)
24 August 2021 - 2020 Summer Paralympics
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8 August 2021 - 2020 Summer Olympics
The Summer Olympics officially end in Tokyo with the closing ceremony. The United States won the most medals and also won the most gold medals, with 113 total medals and 39 gold medals. The Olympic Flag is handed over to the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo in preparation for the 2024 Games. (NBC News)
6 August 2021 - 2020 Summer Olympics
Canada at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics, LGBT athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Canadian soccer player Quinn becomes the first out, transgender, non-binary athlete to earn an Olympic medal, after winning gold in the women's tournament with the Canadian national soccer team. (NBC News)

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Current Olympic Games

2024 Summer Olympics

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The 2024 Summer Olympics (French: Jeux olympiques d'été de 2024), officially known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad (French: Jeux de la XXXIIIe Olympiade), and commonly known as Paris 2024, is a forthcoming international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024 in Paris, France.

Having previously hosted in 1900 and 1924, Paris will become the second city to host the Summer Olympics three times, after London (1908, 1948 and 2012). The Games will mark the centenary of the Paris Games of 1924 and the sixth Olympic Games hosted by France (three in summer and three in winter). The bidding process for these Games began in 2015. Five cities submitted their candidature, but Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew, leaving only Paris and Los Angeles in contention. A proposal to elect the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities concurrently was approved by an Extraordinary IOC Session on 11 July 2017 in Lausanne. On 31 July 2017, the IOC negotiated a deal that would see Paris host the Games in 2024 and Los Angeles four years later. The formal announcement of this decision took place at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, on 13 September 2017.

All-time Combined Olympic Games Medal Table

No. Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 1180 959 841 2980
2  Russia (RUS) 746 622 614 1982
3  Germany (GER) 588 600 603 1791
4  Great Britain (GBR) 296 320 332 948
5  China (CHN) 275 227 194 696
6  France (FRA) 258 289 327 874
7  Italy (ITA) 257 224 261 742
8  Sweden (SWE) 205 222 234 661
9  Norway (NOR) 192 176 160 528
10  Japan (JPN) 183 172 200 555

2022 Winter Olympics

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The 2022 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIV Olympic Winter Games (Chinese: ; pinyin: Dì Èrshísì Jiè D?ngjì Àolínp?kè Yùndònghuì) and commonly known as Beijing 2022 (Chinese: 2022), is an upcoming international winter multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 4 to 20 February 2022, in Beijing and towns in the neighboring Hebei province in the People's Republic of China.

Beijing was elected as the host city in July 2015 at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Beijing 2022 will be the first Winter Olympics to be held in China, the third overall Olympics to be held in China (after the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics), the fourth Winter Olympics in East Asia (after Sapporo 1972, Nagano 1998 and Pyeongchang 2018) and the last of three consecutive Olympics to take place in East Asia, following the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Beijing will be the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, having previously hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and it will be the eleventh city to host the Olympic Games twice. China became the third East Asian country to host the Winter Olympics after Japan and South Korea and will become the ninth country to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic following the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics to 2021, this will mark the first time since 1992 in which the Winter and Summer Olympics were held less than six months apart from each other. The Games mark the first time since 1994 Winter Olympics when two consecutive Winter Olympic Games will be held in the same continent.

The city project includes the use of four existing indoor venues that were built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the Beijing National Stadium (commonly known as the "Bird's Nest") will be used again as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies.

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