DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 25, 2021) – In Issue 2021-15 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit the Olympic Games held in the Alpine Region

The 5 Olympic Rings – “A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red … is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.” (Stock Image)

Olympic Rings

The first Winter Olympic Games were opened 97 years ago today in Chamonix, France.

Of the 23 Winter Games held so far, three were held in France – in addition to the first, in Grenoble (1968), and in Albertville (1992), which we (The Kovacs’) attended.  The next Winter Games are planned for Beijing in 2022. 

For those who like to keep score, Norway has won the most medals all-time, followed by the US.

The Alpine region from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea, including then future sites of the three French hosted Winter Olympics is depicted in this Nicholas Visscher map from 1680.

Map of the Alpine Region – 1680 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.