How Many Olympic Events Are There?

The Olympics are a global event that take place every four years. They are a series of athletic competitions that involve summer and winter sports.

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The Olympic Games are a major international multi-sport event. During the Olympic Games, thousands of athletes from around the world compete in a variety of different sports. The number of events at the Olympics has changed over the years, but there are currently 28 different sports which are divided into

Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics. In this article, we’ll take a look at how many Olympic events there currently are, as well as how this number has changed over time.

As of 2020, there are a total of 412 events taking place across the 28 different sports
at the Summer and Winter Olympics. This is down from a peak of 421 events in 2010, but up from 400 events in 2000. The table below shows the number of events for each Summer and Winter Olympics since 2000.

A Brief History of the Olympics

The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and consisted of just one event: the stadion race, a sprinting contest that was the only athletic event until 724 BC. It was not until the 16th Olympiad in 720 BC that additional events were added to the stadion, including longer footraces, wrestling, boxing, and equestrian competitions. By the 23rd Olympiad in 688 BC, most of the events now included in the modern Olympics had been established.

The number of events varied from year to year during the ancient Olympics, based on whether new events had been created and whether old events had fallen out of popularity. However, by the time of the 88th Olympiad in 264 BC, a standard program of 20events had been established. This program remained intact until 2004 when baseball and softball were added to bring the total number of events to 28.

The Modern Olympics

The first Modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. Since then, the Olympic Games have been held every four years, with the exception of 1916, 1940 and 1944, which were canceled due to World War I and World War II.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will feature 33 sports and a total of 339 events – this is down from a record-breaking 421 events at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the Olympiad, are a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years. The Games were first held in Ancient Greece in 776 BC. They were held again in Athens in 1896, which is where the modern Olympics started. Since then, the Summer Olympics have been held in many different countries around the world.

There are currently 34 sports on the Summer Olympic program, with a total of 41 events (there are multiple events within each sport). This is down from a peak of 38 sports and 300 events at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.

The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are a major international sporting event that features some of the best athletes from around the world. The Games are held every four years, with the next one scheduled for 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There are a total of 15 Olympic sports that are contested at the Winter Games, and a total of 102 events (84 for men, 18 for women). These events are divided into seven disciplines: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, and luge.

Some of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics include downhill skiing, speed skating, figure skating, and ski jumping. These events always attract large crowds and generate a lot of excitement.


Athletes competing in the Summer Olympics participate in a wide variety of events. As of 2012, there are a total of 26 different sports and 38 different disciplines (events) within those sports. This results in a grand total of 304 different events that athletes can compete in during the Summer Olympics.

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