1896 was the first time the United States participated in the Olympics, which was a Summer Olympics. The first Winter Olympics the U.S. participated in was in 1924.
103 countries have participated in the winter Olympics over time.
The countries that participated in their first Winter Olympics in 2002 were Nepal. Tajikistan, Cameroon, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
Countries that participated in their first Olympics in 1952 were Bahamas, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Netherlands Antilles, Nigeria, South Vietnam, and Thailand.
The last summer Olympics were held August 2008 in Beijing China.
The last time Canada hosted the Winter Olympics was 1988 in Calgary. The one and only time Canada hosted the Summer Olympics was 1976 in Montreal.
Closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics are on August 12. The last time London hosted the Olympics was in 1948.
The Republic of Macedonia, playing under the name FYR Macedonia because of an idiotic objection by Greece, first participated in the Summer Olympics in 1996, and first participated in Winter Olympics in 1998. To date (January 2009), the country has won one bronze medal.