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Olympic Games History







  Summer Olympics Games Host Nations Table  
Event YearHost CityCountry
1896AthensGreece
1900ParisFrance
1904St. Louis, MissouriUnited States
1906AthensGreece
1908London,EnglandUnited Kingdom
1912StockholmSweden
1920AntwerpBelgium
1924ParisFrance
1928AmsterdamNetherlands
1932Los Angeles,CaliforniaUnited States
1936BerlinGermany
1948London,EnglandUnited Kingdom
1952HelsinkiFinland
1956Melbourne,VictoriaAustralia
1960RomeItaly
1964TokyoJapan
1968Mexico CityMexico
1972MunichWest Germany
1976Montreal,QuebecCanada
1980MoscowSoviet Union
1984Los Angeles,CaliforniaUnited States
1988SeoulSouth Korea
1992BarcelonaSpain
1996Atlanta,GeorgiaUnited States
2000Sydney,New South WalesAustralia
2004AthensGreece
2008BeijingChina
2012LondonUnited Kingdom

  Winter Olympics Games Host Nations Table  
Event YearHost CityCountry
Event YearHost CityCountry
1924ChamonixFrance
1928St. MoritzSwitzerland
1932Lake Placid,New YorkUnited States
1936BavariaGermany
1948St. MoritzSwitzerland
1952OsloNorway
1956Cortina d'AmpezzoItaly
1960Squaw Valley,CaliforniaUnited States
1964InnsbruckAustria
1968GrenobleFrance
1972Sapporo,HokkaidōJapan
1976InnsbruckAustria
1980Lake Placid,New YorkUnited States of America
1984Sarajevo,YugoslaviaBosnia-Herzegovina
1988Calgary,AlbertaCanada
1992AlbertvilleFrance
1994LillehammerNorway
1998NaganoJapan
2002Salt Lake City,UtahUnited States
2006TurinItaly
2010Vancouver,British ColumbiaCanada


The Greeks were the first to start the Summer Games in 776 BC (some 3000 years ago) in the plains of Olympia in Peloponnese. The ancient Summer Games grew and continued to be played every four years for nearly 1200 years. In 393 AD, the Christian Byzantine

Emperor Theodosius I abolished the Games because of their pagan connection. The successful campaign to revive the Summer Games was started in France by a young Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin in the late 19th century. The first of the modern Summer Games opened on Sunday, March 24, 1896, in Athens, Greece.

The Summer Games originally included only one event, the stadion race, which was a short sprint measuring between 180 and 240 meters. Over the years, more events were added including boxing, wrestling, chariot racing, pentathlon, wrestling, long jump, javelin throw and discus throw among others.

The Olympic flag was adopted in 1914 and was first used in the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The flag depicts five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red) against a white background. These rings represent the five inhabited continents: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

The official Olympic Motto is "Citius, Altius, Fortius", a Latin phrase meaning "Swifter, Higher, Stronger". The concept of Olympic mascot was first introduced in the year 1968 which is usually an animal or human figure representing the cultural heritage of the host country.

The 19th Summer Games are scheduled to be held in Beijing, in 2008, while the 20th version of the Summer Games will be hosted by London in 2012.


  History of Olympics Games