Our class chose to do this activity by asking questions about the Winter Olympics and its history. After brainstorming questions, each student researched information to find the answers to the class questions. The results to our research are as follows:
1. What was Canada’s most successful year at the Winter Olympics?
Their most successful year was at Turin in 2006. There they won 24 medals in total; 7 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze.
2. When was the first Winter Olympics?
The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924.
3. What sports were in the first Winter Olympics?
The sports were 4-man bobsled, biathlon, curling, figure skating, hockey, cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined skiing and speed skating.
4. Where was the first Winter Olympics?
The first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France.
5. How many athletes participate at the Olympics?
About 2000 different athletes participate at the Winter Olympics from about 60 different countries.
6. Why were the Winter Olympics created?
To relive the ancient spirit of friendship and excellence.
7. Who created the Winter Olympics?
The ancient Greeks created the Olympics.
8. When were the Winter Olympics held in Canada?
The Winter Olympics were held in Canada twice, including the upcoming one. They were held in Calgary in 1988 and now in Vancouver in 2010. The Summer Olympics were also held in Montreal in 1976.
9. Who is Canada’s most well known Olympic athlete?
Wayne Gretzky is the most well known Olympic athlete.
10. What is Canada’s most successful event?
Speed skating (11 gold, 18 silver, 19 bronze) and ice hockey (9 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze) are Canada’s most successful events.
11. Why is it named the “Olympics”? What does the name “Olympics” mean?
It was named after the city of Olympia in Greece because they held the ancient Olympic games there to honour their god Zues.
12. What sport has the most participants?
Ice hockey has the most participants at the Winter Olympics.
Did you know...(other information that was found)
Over 80 countries participate in the Winter Olympics and over 40 participate in the Paralympics.
The medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics are made from recycled electronics.