Summer Olympic Games

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The Olympic Rings are the symbol of the Olympic Games.

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad are an international sporting event which are held every four years by the International Olympic Committee. The "Games", as they are often called, are held in a different city each time. It is a great honour for a city to be "awarded" (given) the right to hold the Olympic Games. Two years after the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympic Games are held. These are always in a cold, mountainous place because the sports are all snow and ice sports such as skiing. Many more countries send athletes to the Summer Olympics than to the Winter Olympics.

The Olympic Games were first held in Ancient Greece more than two thousand years ago. The first modern Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896. There were 200 athletes from Greece and 45 athletes from 13 other countries. Since 1904, medals have been given to the three best athletes or teams in each sport.

The earliest Games consisted of 42 events only, but it was expected that 10,500 athletes would compete in the 302 events on the program for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1]

List of modern Summer Olympic Games[change | change source]

Map of Summer Olympics locations

Games in italics were cancelled or have not yet been held.

Cancelled Games[change | change source]

  • The 1906 Summer Olympics or 1906 Intercalated Games were discounted ex post facto by the IOC. All medals awarded during these games have not since been counted officially on total medal counts.
  • The following games were cancelled due to the World Wars. The 1916 Summer Olympics were cancelled due to the onset of WWI; both the Summer and Winter Olympics of 1940 and 1944 were cancelled due to WWII.
  • Some summer events were held by the IOC in celebration of its Jubilee in Lausanne, despite the war that cancelled the 1944 Summer Olympics, at the Jubilee Celebrations of the IOC.

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Olympic rings with white rims.svg Olympic Games
Summer Games: 1896 Athens, 1900 Paris, 1904 St. Louis, 1906 Athens, 1908 London, 1912 Stockholm, (1916 Berlin), 1920 Antwerp, 1924 Paris, 1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles, 1936 Berlin, (1940 Tokyo), (1944 London), 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, 1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio de Janeiro, 2020 Tokyo, 2024 Paris, 2028 Los Angeles
Winter Games: 1924 Chamonix, 1928 St. Moritz, 1932 Lake Placid, 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, (1940 Sapporo), (1944 Cortina d'Ampezzo), 1948 St. Moritz, 1952 Oslo, 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1960 Squaw Valley, 1964 Innsbruck, 1968 Grenoble, 1972 Sapporo, 1976 Innsbruck, 1980 Lake Placid, 1984 Sarajevo, 1988 Calgary, 1992 Albertville, 1994 Lillehammer, 1998 Nagano, 2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin, 2010 Vancouver, 2014 Sochi, 2018 Pyeongchang, 2022 Beijing, 2026
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Games in italics will be held in the future, and those in (brackets) were cancelled because of war. See also: Ancient Olympic Games