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List of Olympic Games host cities

Here’s a condensed version focusing on the modern Olympic Games (Summer and Winter) since their revival in 1896:

  1. Athens, Greece – 1896: The inaugural modern Olympic Games.
  2. Paris, France – 1900: Held as part of the Paris World’s Fair.
  3. St. Louis, USA – 1904: Part of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
  4. London, UK – 1908: Originally awarded to Rome, moved to London due to Vesuvius eruption.
  5. Stockholm, Sweden – 1912: Known for the participation of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe.
  6. Berlin, Germany – 1936: Infamous for Nazi propaganda and Jesse Owens’ victories.
  7. London, UK – 1948: Known as the “Austerity Games” due to post-war rationing.
  8. Helsinki, Finland – 1952: The first Olympics to be held in the Nordic countries.
  9. Melbourne, Australia – 1956: Equestrian events held in Stockholm due to Australian quarantine laws.
  10. Rome, Italy – 1960: Televised for the first time, marking a significant milestone.
  11. Tokyo, Japan – 1964: The first Olympics held in Asia.
  12. Mexico City, Mexico – 1968: High altitude affected athletes’ performance.
  13. Munich, West Germany – 1972: Marred by the tragic Munich massacre.
  14. Montreal, Canada – 1976: Boycotted by several African nations over New Zealand rugby team controversy.
  15. Moscow, USSR – 1980: Boycotted by Western countries in protest of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  16. Los Angeles, USA – 1984: The first privately funded Olympics in history.
  17. Seoul, South Korea – 1988: Soviet Union and allies boycotted in retaliation for 1980 boycott.
  18. Barcelona, Spain – 1992: Marked the end of apartheid-era South African sports isolation.
  19. Atlanta, USA – 1996: Centennial Olympic Games, marred by the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.
  20. Sydney, Australia – 2000: The first Olympics to feature simultaneous opening ceremonies in different cities.
  21. Athens, Greece – 2004: Return to the birthplace of the Olympics after 108 years.
  22. Beijing, China – 2008: Highly scrutinized due to human rights concerns and air pollution.
  23. London, UK – 2012: First city to officially host the modern Olympics three times.
  24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 2016: First South American city to host the Olympics.
  25. Tokyo, Japan – 2020/2021: Postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the Winter Olympics:

  1. Chamonix, France – 1924: The first Winter Olympics.
  2. St. Moritz, Switzerland – 1928: The first Winter Olympics to be held in a different country from the Summer Games.
  3. Lake Placid, USA – 1932: Introducing the tradition of the Olympic flame.
  4. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – 1936: Held concurrently with the Berlin Summer Games.
  5. St. Moritz, Switzerland – 1948: First Winter Olympics after a 12-year hiatus due to World War II.
  6. Oslo, Norway – 1952: The first Olympics in Norway and Scandinavia.
  7. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – 1956: Debuted the Olympic torch relay.
  8. Squaw Valley, USA – 1960: The only Winter Olympics to have been held in California.
  9. Innsbruck, Austria – 1964: Held just four years after the previous Winter Games due to a scheduling change.
  10. Grenoble, France – 1968: Notable for the introduction of drug testing.
  11. Sapporo, Japan – 1972: The first Winter Olympics to be held in Asia.
  12. Innsbruck, Austria – 1976: Originally awarded to Denver, USA, but later withdrawn due to financial concerns.
  13. Lake Placid, USA – 1980: Known for the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game.
  14. Sarajevo, Yugoslavia – 1984: The first Winter Olympics in a socialist country.
  15. Calgary, Canada – 1988: Introduction of the Jamaican bobsled team, inspiring the movie “Cool Runnings.”
  16. Albertville, France – 1992: Held in the same year as the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
  17. Lillehammer, Norway – 1994: First Winter Olympics to be held separately from the Summer Games in different years.
  18. Nagano, Japan – 1998: Debuted snowboarding as an official Olympic sport.
  19. Salt Lake City, USA – 2002: Marred by a bribery scandal involving the bidding process.
  20. Turin, Italy – 2006: The first Winter Olympics to be held in Italy since 1956.
  21. Vancouver, Canada – 2010: The first Winter Olympics hosted by Canada since 1988.
  22. Sochi, Russia – 2014: Criticized for its high cost and environmental impact.
  23. Pyeongchang, South Korea – 2018: Marked a significant thaw in North-South Korean relations.
  24. Beijing, China – 2022: The first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

 

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