• Ford Carter

The Eurovision host cities that have held the Winter Olympics




2022 will play host to some of television's most-watched international competitions of all time, including the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and August, the 22nd FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November and December, the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin in May, and the 24th Winter Olympics, which begin in Beijing tonight.


As the eyes of the world turn to world's biggest winter sporting competition of the year, we take a look at which cities have played host to both the world's biggest winter sporting competition and the world's biggest singing competition.



Oslo

Norway's capital city is known to Eurovision fans as having been the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest in both 1996 and 2010. However, the city also acted as the host to the 6th Winter Olympics back in 1952.


Oslo won the right to host the 1952 Winter Olympics back in 1947, beating out bids from Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy and Lake Placid in United States.


694 athletes from 30 countries took part in the 1952 Winter Olympics. Norway was the most successful country, taking 16 medals, including 7 gold. Australia sent 9 athletes, and failed to win any medals.



Lillehammer


Not a host city for the regular Eurovision competition, Lillehammer stepped in as host of the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the last minute following the United Kingdom's sudden withdrawal as host and Croatia's failure to secure a venue.


Lillehammer acted as the host city to the 17th Winter Olympics in 1994, and has also acted as the host for the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016.


Lillehammer won the right to host the 1994 Winter Olympics back in 1988, beating out bids from Ostersund in Sweden, Anchorage in United States, and Sofia in Bulgaria through three rounds of voting.


More than 1,700 athletes from 67 countries took part in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Russia was the most successful country, taking 23 medals, including 11 gold. Hosts Norway came second, with 10 golds from 26 medals. Australia sent 25 athletes, and secured it's first Winter Olympics medal, a bronze from the 5,000 metres short track relay.



Turin


In just over three months, the world's biggest singing competition comes to Turin for the first time. But this won't be the first time that the eyes of the world are on the north Italian city, as it hosted the 20th Winter Olympic Games in 2006.


Turin won the right to host the 2006 Winter Olympics back in 1999, beating out a bid from Sion in Switzerland.


More than 2,600 athletes from 80 countries around the world took part in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Germany was the most successful country, taking 29 medals, including 11 gold. Hosts Italy came ninth won five gold and six bronze. Australia sent 40 athletes, winning a gold and a bronze medal.


With the Winter Olympics being held in Europe on fourteen of the twenty-four occasions, and scheduled to be held in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2026, there are many more potential cities who could be hosts of both Eurovision and the Winter Olympics, and there are many cities who have hosted Eurovision and the Summer Olympics.


You can tune in to the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics tonight on Channel 7.


The ceremony will take place at the following times.


  • Beijing: 8:00pm local

  • Perth: 8:00pm AWST

  • Brisbane: 10:00pm AEST

  • Adelaide: 10.30pm ACDT

  • Melbourne: 11:00pm AEDT

  • Sydney: 11:00pm AEDT