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    Winter Olympic villages

    From Lillehammer to Sochi, Russia, see which gorgeous snowy towns hosted the games in the last century.

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    1924, Chamonix, France -

    On your mark, get set ...! A group of American skaters practices for the first official Winter Olympic Games at Chamonix.
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    1928, St. Moritz, Switzerland -

    Here is a general view of the ice-skating rink during the ice-hockey match between Canada and Switzerland in 1928. Canada won the match 13-0 and went on to win the gold medal; Switzerland won the bronze.
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    1932, Lake Placid, N.Y., USA -

    The third Winter Olympic Games saw a dip in participation because the long, costly trip to the United States was daunting for many competitors during the Great Depression. Warm weather also had a negative effect on the 1932 event.
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    1936, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany -

    Here is an image of an ice-hockey match between the USA and Canada during the Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After 1936, the Summer and Winter Olympics were no longer held in the same country.
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    1948, St. Moritz, Switzerland -

    The idyllic Swiss town of St. Moritz, untouched by World War II, hosted the first post-war games in 1948. Twenty-eight countries competed in Switzerland, although teams from Germany and Japan were not invited.
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    1952, Oslo, Norway -

    American skier Jack Reddish approaches the finish line in the Men's Downhill competition at the Winter Olympics in Norway on Feb. 18, 1952. This event, held in the town of Norefjell, was won by Italian skier Zeno Colo. For the games held in Oslo, the Olympic flame was lit in the fireplace of skiing pioneer Sondre Nordheim.
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    1956, Cortina, Italy -

    Spectators entering the ice stadium before the opening ceremony of the seventh Winter Olympic Games, in Cortina, Italy, which were the first to be televised. At the opening ceremonies, the final torch bearer entered the Olympic Stadium on ice skates, which got caught on a cable. He fell, nearly extinguishing the flame, but was able to save it just in time.
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    1960, Squaw Valley, Calif., USA -

    Athletes, officials and fans from all over the world watch as the Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony of the eighth Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley. The Games marked the debut of the Soviet Union team, which won more medals than any other nation present.
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    1964, Innsbruck, Austria -

    A view of the opening ceremonies of the 1964 Winter Olympics at the Bergisel Stadium in Austria. The games were off to a shaky start when warm weather caused a lack of snow in the area, so the Austrian army was called on to deliver snow and ice.
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    1968, Grenoble, France -

    A colorful look at the Delegations Parade during the opening ceremony of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. This was the first Winter Olympics to be broadcast in color, which helped the organizing committee sell the television rights for $2 million.
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    1972, Sapporo, Japan -

    Japanese girls form Olympic rings in the center of the Makomanai ice arena during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. The 1972 Games were the first to be held outside of North America or Europe.
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    1976, Innsbruck, Austria -

    A scenic shot of international ski jumping in Innsbruck, Austria. The Games were originally awarded to Denver, but Colorado voters expressed unwillingness to host them through a state referendum. Innsbruck, which already had built Olympic structures in 1964, was chosen as a replacement. Since it was Innsbruck's second time hosting, two Olympic flames were lit.
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    1980, Lake Placid, N.Y., USA -

    Spectators and athletes from all over the world watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, which also hosted the games in 1932. It was at these Olympic Games that the "miracle on ice" American hockey team beat the favored Soviets and went on to win the gold medal.
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    1984, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia -

    Peace and harmony reigned during the well-organized Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, giving no signs whatsoever that Yugoslavia would become engulfed by war just a few years later.
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    1988, Calgary, Canada -

    A man watches a ski-jump competitor with the Calgary skyline in the background during the 1988 WInter Olympics. These Olympic games saw the addition of new ski-jumping and speed-skating events.
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    1992, Savoie region of France -

    On Dec. 14, 1991, Parisians celebrated with a parade escorting the Olympic flame along the Champs Elysees. An estimated 200,000 spectators turned out for the parade, which featured 10,000 people forming mosaics representing Alpine themes.
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    1994, Lillehammer, Norway -

    Here is a general view of the ski-jumping area during the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. These games marked the first time that the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics did not take place in the same year. The change occurred after the International Olympic Committee voted to hold the games in alternating even-numbered years from 1994 on.
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    1998, Nagano, Japan -

    This aerial photograph shows Nagano's speed-skating site, along with a sweeping view of the city of Nagano. These games marked the first time that the men's ice-hockey tournament was open to all professional players.
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    2002, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA -

    Fireworks light up Salt Lake City's skyline during the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 24, 2002. During these games, German Georg Hackl becomes the first athlete to win medals in the same individual event -- the singles luge -- at five Olympic Games in a row.
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    2006, Turin, Italy -

    This photo was taken on Feb. 9, 2006, during the men's downhill training, just before the start of the Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 10. During these games, South Korean athletes prevailed in short-track speed-skating events.
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    2010, Vancouver, Canada -

    View of the Olympic Village which houses Winter Olympic athletes, in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 7. The Richmond Olympic Oval was the site of the Long Track Speed Skating during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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    2014, Sochi, Russia -

    General view of the olympic village at the Rosa Khutor Alpine center in the mountain cluster on Feb. 2, prior to the start of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
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