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How often do the Olympics take place?

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The summer and winter Olympic Games are each held every four years. A decision by the International Olympic Committee in 1986 placed the two events, which had been held during the same year every four years for decades, on separate cycles.

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How often do the Olympics take place?
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The ancient Olympic Games were held every four years in Olympia, Greece. The four years between games were known as an "Olympiad" and were used to track time. After a period of dormancy, the Olympic Games were revived in 1896 in Athens, Greece. The games have continued since then, with the exception of a hiatus during World War II.

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