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Olympic Games History

  Summer Olympics Games Host Nations Table  
Event YearHost CityCountry
1904St. Louis, MissouriUnited States
1908London,EnglandUnited Kingdom
1932Los Angeles,CaliforniaUnited States
1948London,EnglandUnited Kingdom
1968Mexico CityMexico
1972MunichWest Germany
1980MoscowSoviet Union
1984Los Angeles,CaliforniaUnited States
1988SeoulSouth Korea
1996Atlanta,GeorgiaUnited States
2000Sydney,New South WalesAustralia
2012LondonUnited Kingdom
2016Rio de JaneiroBrazil

  Winter Olympics Games Host Nations Table  
Event YearHost CityCountry
Event YearHost CityCountry
1928St. MoritzSwitzerland
1932Lake Placid,New YorkUnited States
1948St. MoritzSwitzerland
1956Cortina d'AmpezzoItaly
1960Squaw Valley,CaliforniaUnited States
1980Lake Placid,New YorkUnited States of America
2002Salt Lake City,UtahUnited States
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  

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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