Olympic Games - the largest international multi-sport event , held every four years. Tradition, which existed in ancient Greece , was revived in the late XIX century French philanthropist Pierre de Coubertin . Olympic Games , also known as the Summer Olympic Games, held every four years since 1896 , except for years , who came to the world wars . In 1924 were established Olympic Winter Games, which were originally held in the same year as the summer . However, since 1994 , during the Winter Olympics shifted by two years with respect to the time of the summer games.In the same places for the Olympic Games are held two weeks later, the Paralympic Games for people with disabilities.