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The Olympic Games (French: les Jeux olympiques) is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world's foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate. The Games are currently held biennially, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, meaning they each occur every four years. The ancient Olympics were held in Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Attempts to recover the games were held in the French Republic during the French Revolutionary War as the L'Olympiade de la République. Baron Pierre de Coubertin officially founded the International Olympic Committee in 1888.

Host nations and cities

Year Summer Olympic Games Winter Olympic Games
1888 Flag of Greece (1822-1978) Athens, Greece
1892 Flag of France Paris, France
1896 US flag with 40 stars by Hellerick Chicago, United States
1900 Flag of Bavaria (lozengy) Munich, Bavaria
1904 Flag of the United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom
1908 Flag of the Repubblica Romana 1798 Rome, Rome
1912 Flag of Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
1916 Flag of Prussia 1892-1918 Berlin, Prussia (cancelled)
1920 US flag with 40 stars by Hellerick Atlanta, United States Flag of France Chamonix, France
1924 Flag of France Paris, France Flag of Canada, 1920-1934 (No Napoleon) Severight, Canada
1928 Flag of Turkey Bursa, Turkey Flag of Switzerland St. Moritz, Switzerland
1932 Merchant flag of Japan (1870) Tokyo, Japan Flag of Sweden Helsinki, Sweden
1936 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Budapest, Austria Flag of the Baltic Republic (No Belgium) Riga, Baltica
1940 Flag of the Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union (cancelled) Civil Flag of Serbia Belgrade, Serbia (cancelled)
1944 Flag of the United Kingdom London, United Kingdom (cancelled) Merchant flag of Japan (1870) Sapporo, Japan (cancelled)
1948 Flag of France Paris, France Flag of Switzerland St. Moritz, Switzerland
1952 Flag of Poland Warsaw, Poland Flag of Denmark Oslo, Denmark
1956 Flag of Germany Munich, Germany Flag of Italy Turin, Italy
1960 Flag of Turkey Ankara, Turkey Flag of Mexico (No Napoleon) Tahoe, Mexico
1964 Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Innsbruck, Austria
1968 Flag of Mexico (No Napoleon) Mexico City, Mexico Flag of France Grenoble, France
1972 Flag of Syria Cairo, Egypt Flag of Japan Taihoku, Japan
1976 Flag of India (No Napoleon) New Delhi, India Flag of the Patriote movement (Lower Canada) Montreal, Quebec
1980 Flag of France Paris, France US flag with 42 stars by Hellerick Lake Placid, United States
1984 Tricolour Flag of Iran (1886) Tehran, Iran Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Sarajevo, Austria
1988 Flag of Japan Keijo, Japan Flag of Canada (No Napoleon) Winnipeg, Canada
1992 Flag of Spain (No Napoleon) Barcelona, Spain Flag of France Albertville, France
1994 Flag of Denmark Lillehammer, Denmark
1996 US flag with 40 stars by Hellerick Atlanta, United States
1998 Flag of the German Empire Danzig, Prussia
2000 Flag of the United Kingdom (No Napoleon) Manchester, Great Britain
2002 Flag of Japan Harbin, Japan
2004 Flag of Greece Athens, Greece
2006 Flag of Italy Turin, Italy
2008 Flag of the Republic of China Beijing, China
2010 Flag of Canada (No Napoleon) Vancouver, Canada
2012 Flag of France Paris, France
2014 Flag of Russia (No Napoleon) Sochi, Russia
2016 Flag of Brazil (No Napoleon) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 Flag of Germany Munich, Germany

Notable games

Flag of FranceUS flag with 42 stars by Hellerick 1980

The 1980 Olympics, colloquially known as the "Cold War Games" were the Summer and Winter Games during that year, were hosted by the two belligerents of the Cold War, the France and the United States. The two nations competed in an "Olympic War", with committees trying to "make theirs the best". The games were also notable for the fact that the Treaty of Friendship had finally been signed by the two differing nations finally agreeing to peace and understanding, five months after the American games.

Flag of the United Kingdom (No Napoleon) 2000

The 2000 Olympics, also known as the Millennium Games, were the first games to be held in Great Britain since the 1904 Summer Games. The games were opened by Queen Elizabeth II, who had given a short speech detailing her wish of having an event peaceful in nature and worthy of reconciliation, and introducing the dawn of a new millennium for the British and the world.

Flag of France 2012

Paris 2012 Opening Ceremony (No Napoleon)

2012 Opening Ceremony

The 2012 Olympics were the most recent games, and critics say the ceremonies were one of the (if not the) best of all time. The ceremonies were noted to show the rich history of France, spanning from the French Revolution to the World Wars to the Cold War to Modern France. It was also noteworthy for being the 220th anniversary of the French Republic, the 120th anniversary of the first time France held the Olympic Games, the 30th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, and the 20th anniversary of the 24 October 1992 attacks, for which the latter was given a minute of silence.


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