Only the Winter Olympics The Olympic Games have been held in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, and Oceania, with Europe hosting 36 editions. There were 29 summer Olympics events held in 22 cities throughout the world. In winter, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey are included in the program.
The modern Olympic Games were founded by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Paris on September 3, 1894. The first games were held in Athens, Greece, and were known as the Hellenic Games. They consisted of athletic competitions and were intended to replace the traditional carnival celebrations which took place every four years in Athens during the summer months. Other countries joined France in founding the IOC, and the number of members soon reached beyond half of the nations worldwide. By 1904, all but one of the original founders had withdrawn their support, leaving Coubertin alone to lead the movement. The final Olympiad was held in Berlin in 1936, just before Germany annexed the territory of what was then called "Prussia". During World War II, the Nazis banned all sports except football (soccer), and used the games to glorify Hitler and his regime. After the war, no major city would host the Olympics again until Los Angeles did so in 1932.
The host cities for the next two Winter Olympics and three Summer Olympics have been determined as of now. Unfortunately, no African city has been chosen as a host. However, given the success of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it is only a matter of time.
Summer games have been hosted in 23 locations since the commencement of the Olympic Games, while winter games have been conducted in 19 towns. In addition, five Olympic Games have been postponed due to conflict. The Summer Olympics are the more established of the two Olympic competitions. There were 29 summer Olympics events held in 22 cities throughout the world.
In 1896, Athens hosted the first modern Olympics. The Summer and Winter Olympics are held every four years in different places across the world. Athens, Paris, London, Moscow, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, and Rome have all hosted the Olympics in the past.
The 2016 Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, whereas the 2018 Summer Olympics were hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Athens, Paris, London, St. Moritz, Switzerland, Lake Placid, New York, Los Angeles, and Innsbruck, Austria have all held the Olympic Games more than once. The only city to have hosted the Olympics three times is London. Paris will be the next city to do so when it hosts the Summer Olympics in 2024.
The United States last hosted an Olympic Games in 2002, when the Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City. The 1996 Atlanta Games were the last Summer Olympics held in the United States.
The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896. The Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics are each held every four years, hosted in various cities around the world. Past Olympic host cities include Athens, Paris, London, Moscow, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, and Rome.
Athens (1896 and 2004 Summer Olympics), Paris (1900, 1924, and 2024 Summer Olympics), London (1908, 1948, and 2012 Summer Olympics), St. Moritz (1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics), Lake Placid (1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics), and Los Angeles (1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics) will all have hosted the Olympic Games more than once (1932, 1984 and 2028 Summer Olympics).
Athletes from many countries have taken part in the Olympic Games. The most dominant nations have been Germany, France, and Italy; they have combined to win 95% of all gold medals awarded (152 out of 160).
The United States has been the second most successful nation, with 23 medals including 10 golds. China is the third most successful country, having won 22 medals including 9 golds.
Great Britain, Japan, Russia, and Canada have each won at least one medal. In fact, every continent except Antarctica has been represented at some point by one or more countries who have won at least one medal.
So, among cities that have hosted the Olympics, Athens is the only one that can be considered a "true" newcomer because it did not host in its first attempt. The other cities have all held at least one Olympic event before 1996.
In 1996, Atlanta was chosen to host the Summer Olympics.
The United States of America The United States has hosted the most Olympic Games, with eight, followed by France, which has hosted five. Three Games have been held in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, and Germany.
These are the countries that have hosted the most Olympic games after the USA: France, China, Russia, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland. There are also host cities that have never before hosted an Olympics, including Algiers, Algeria; Bangkok, Thailand; Beirut, Lebanon; Manama, Bahrain; Nassau, Bahamas; New Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Salvador, El Salvador; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; and Torino, Italy. In addition, Istanbul, Turkey is a candidate city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. If it is chosen then it will be the first time that Turkey will host the Olympics.
Cape Town, South Africa will be the next Olympic host city following Tokyo's victory in the bidding process for the Games. The decision was made at the 115th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 13, 2010. Cape Town was the only city to submit a bid for both the summer and winter games. The IOC will vote on which city will host which sport during its session in December 2011.