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Olympic Host Cities Map

Olympic Host Cities
Description: The map shows the host cities of Summer Olympic Games from 1896 - 2020. Disclaimer

The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896 in Athens. The Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics are each held every four years, hosted in various cities around the world. The Summer and Winter Olympics are offset by two years, so there are Olympic games every two years.
Past Olympic host cities include Athens, Paris, London, Moscow, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, and Rome. Several cities have hosted multiple Olympics, including Athens, Paris, Los Angeles, Lake Placid (USA), Innsbruck, and St. Moritz. In 2012, London became the first city to host the Olympics for the third time, first in 1908 and again in 1948.

Olympic host cities are chosen through a long process of bids and ballots. Representatives from the cities apply and then present their cases for becoming the next Olympic host city. The short listed cities lobby for votes among the member nations of the International Olympic Committee. Olympic host cities are chosen several years before the Olympic events begin, so that the city has time to prepare.

Olympic Host Cities Facts

  • Most of the past Olympic host cities are located in Europe.
  • The United States has hosted the Olympics eight times, which is more than any other country. There have been four Summer Olympics and four Winter
  • Olympics hosted in the United States.
  • Olympics have been held in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. The first Olympics in South America will be held in 2016. No Olympic games have been hosted in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.
  • Several Olympic Games have been canceled during major wars:
    • Berlin, Summer 1916
    • Tokyo, Summer 1940
    • Tokyo, Winter 1940
    • London, Summer 1944
    • Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy), Winter 1944

Summer Olympic Games Host Cities (1896 to 2020)

Last Update on: July 22, 2017

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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