The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event which occurs once every four years. The Games were held every four years from 1924 until 1936, after which they were interrupted by World War II. The Olympics resumed in 1948 and were celebrated every four years. The Winter and Summer Olympic Games were held in the same years until 1992, after a 1986 decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to place the Summer and Winter Games on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years. Because of the change, the next Winter Olympics after 1992 were in 1994.
The last edition of the Games was held in Vancouver, Canada in 2010, where Cayman sent its first athlete in the sport of alpine skiing. The next edition will be held in Sochi, Russia in 2014.