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Asian Winter Games


Asian Winter Games logo

Asian Winter Games logo

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Asian Winter Games

The Asian Games is the second biggest multi-sport event in the world next to the Olympics, and has been one of the most over-the-top sporting events since its inception in 1951. In the following decades winter sports became so popular in Asia that the Japanese Olympic Committee suggested the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) hold a winter version of the Asian Games.


The first Asian Winter Games were held in 1986 in Sapporo , Japan, sparking an increase in interest in winter sports across Asia. The Games featured seven winter sports with 430 athletes from China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, North Korea, Mongolia and South Korea competing. The second Games were held again in Sapporo, Japan, four years later, and 10 nations competed.

The third Asian Winter Games showed a huge increase in popularity when 18 nations sent athletes to compete. The event was held in 1996 because of the International Olympic Committee's decision to hold the Summer and Winter Olympics two years apart. The next games were held in Kangwon, South Korea in 1999, and 799 athletes from 21 nations competed. The Games then returned to the four-year schedule and the next was held in Aomori, Japan in 2003.

The event continued to grow as winter sports became more popular in Asia, and snowboarding was featured as an AWG sport for men and women that year. Halfpipe , Slalom and Giant Slalom were attended of thousands of winter sports enthusiasts.

The 2007 Asian Winter Games were held in Changchun, China. Forty-five nations and 796 athletes competed in 47 winter events. More athletes and spectators were attending the Games than ever before. The 2011 Games, held in Astana-Almaty, Kazakhstan , featured 991 athletes in 69 events.

It was the biggest Asian Winter Games in the history of the competition, but snowboarding and curling were dropped from the list of events. Ice hockey and figure skating continued to grow in popularity across Asia, and ice rinks were popping up in tropical countries like Malaysia and Thailand . Asian countries with palm trees instead of pine trees were producing some of the best winter sports athletes in the world.

The Asian Winter Games have become one of the most prestigious winter sporting events in the world, and as winter sports continue to grow in popularity, the Games do as well.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) was created in 1982 and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The OCA controls all sports in Asia and seeks to develop sports and sports education in Asia's youth. They promote friendship, goodwill, respect and peace through sports and sporting events. The ski and snowboard events featured in the OCA are regulated by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Snowboarding Events
  • Men's Halfpipe
  • Men's Slalom
  • Men's Giant Slalom
  • Women's Halfpipe
  • Women's Slalom
  • Women's Giant Slalom
Other Events
  • Biathlon
  • Curling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Speed Skating
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ski Jumping
  • Ski Orienteering

Men's Halfpipe
Gold: Daisuke Murakami
Silver: Takaharu Nakai
Bonze: Han Jin-Bae

Men's Slalom
Gold: Kohei Kawaguchi
Silver: Ji Myung-Kon
Bonze: Kentaro Tsuruoka

Men's Giant Slalom
Gold: Kohei Kawaguchi
Silver: Teruumi Fujimoto
Bonze: Kentaro Tsuruoka

Men's Halfpipe
Gold: Kazuhiro Kokubo
Silver: Shi Wancheng
Bonze: Daisuke Murakami

Women's Halfpipe
Gold: Shiho Nakashima
Silver: Soko Yamaoka
Bonze: Liu Jiayu

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