1. Innsbruck 1964 was threatened by a lack of snow until the Austrian Army delivered 50,000 cubic yards of the fluffy stuff.
3. Curling is named after the unique turning that occurs at the end of the stone’s path on the ice.
5. The official mascot of the Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck 1976 was Schneemann (meaning snowman in German).
8. The only country to have won a gold medal at every Olympic Winter Games is the United States.
10. The name of the Beijing 2022 Olympic torch is ‘Flying’ (Fei Yang).
11. The founder of the Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, died in 1937 and was buried in Lausanne, save for his heart, which, on his instruction, was interred in a memorial near the ruins of ancient Olympia.
13. Finland’s Kalle Jalkanen won the 1936 cross-country skiing relay despite picking up his dentures he’d accidentally spat on the snow.
14. The skeleton track at Beijing 2022 has the first ever 180 degree corner of any Olympic Winter Games.
15. Until 1992, the Olympic Summer Games and the Olympic Winter Games were held in the same year.
16. To date, 12 countries have participated in every Olympic Winter Games – Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
17. The Olympic Winter Games have never been hosted in the southern hemisphere.
18. Five venues for Beijing 2022 will be reused from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games.
19. The Shougang ski ramp – the permanent Big Air venue for the Beijing 2022 Games – is 60m tall and 164m long.
21. Olympic hockey pucks are made of vulcanised rubber and must be frozen to reduce friction before each game.
22. Ester Ledecka became the first person to win two gold medals at the same Olympic Winter Games in two sports – Alpine skiing and snowboarding.
23. The emblem for Beijing 2022 is inspired by the Chinese character for “winter”.
24. Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore all made their debuts at PyeongChang 2018.
25. The world’s first bobsleigh club was founded in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1897.
26. The word “ski” is a Norwegian word that comes from the Old Norse word “skid”, a split length of wood.
27. The rock, or stone, used in curling is made of a rare, dense granite that is quarried on Scotland’s Ailsa Craig.
28. Three-time Olympic medal winner, Heikki Hasu, retired from Nordic skiing in 1953 at just 27 to work on his farm.
29. The word “hockey” comes from the old French word “hocquet” meaning stick.
32. A total of 258 athletes from 16 countries competed at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924. In PyeongChang 2018, there were 2,925 athletes from 92 nations.
33. Pita Taufatofua - the so-called ‘Topless Tongan’ became the Pacific island’s second-ever Olympic Winter Games athlete when he competed as a cross-country skier at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. He also competed at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
Look out for the Part 2 of the 100 random facts three-part series, which celebrates 100 days to go to Beijing 2022, online from 27 October and Part 3, from 28 October.