The Paralympics are split into summer and winter games, much like the Olympic Games. There are 22 sports in the summer games, and 5 sports in the winter games.
The Summer Modern Olympic Games occur every four years since 1896. The Winter Modern Olympic Games also occur every four years since 1924. So, since there were Summer Olympic Games in 2008, there will be Winter Olympic Games in 2010, and more Summer Olympic Games in 2012.
Yes, they are broadcast with as much fanfare as the Summer Games. Note that they now occur in alternation with the Summer Games, so that there is an Olympic event every two years. The next Winter Games will be in 2014.
From the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris until the 1992, demonstration sports were played at both the Winter and Summer Olympics. These were chosen at the behest of the host. Some of the sports graduated from being a demonstration sport to being a medal-proper sport such as badminton, judo and taekwondo. From 1996 the Olympic Games had grown too much that there were no longer the resources available to accommodate the demonstration sports.
This is what the ancient Greeks had as "sports". Most early sports were connected to prep for war and battle. Most other "sports" were not invented until much later in history.
A decision was made in 1986 that the winter and summer Olympics would no longer be during the same year. This is why today the winter and summer Olympics are two years apart. Therefore, this is why there were winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. It was due to the change in years for the Olympics. The Winter Olympic Games are much smaller and much less expensive to produce than the Summer Games, which is why there was a "bonus" Winter Olympics in 1994. The last time the Olympic games were held in the same year was 1992: Winter Games in Albertville, France and Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
The first sports event called the Olympic games in the modern era was held in Much Wenlock (a village in England) in 1850. The first Olympiad organised by the IOC was held in Athens in 1896.
The greeks didn't invent any of the Winter Olympic games
The main sports are rugby, soccer & cricket. We also play field hockey, golf, swimming etc. Basically any summer sports because we don't have much ice or snow.
The Olympic games stand for a worldwide meaning, equality, fraternity, peacefulness. War would stop in ancient Olympic games, thats how much it mean s to everyone