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The current Olympic Games are held in Moscow, USSR (the second time the city hosts the event) in July and August, 2012. This is the first time the United States is competing in the Soviet Union, as they boycotted the 1980 event.
The Olympiard was opened with a spectacular ceremony in Moscow, in the evening of 28 July, 2012 (local time), during which Secretary General Vladimir Putin opened the games. The opening ceremony featured a large number of Soviet military and artistic performances, including the National Ballet, the Moscow and Leningrad State Theatres and many others. The ceremony was staged by known film director Vladimir Menshov. The Athletes' Oath was made by gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva, spoken both in English and Russian.
The 2008 Summer Olympics was held in Toronto, Canada. The USRCV and North Korea boycotted the event, because Beijing was excluded from the competition for being the host city. This created a smaller scandal in international politics.
Also, the 2008 Olympic Games saw the rise to fame of American runner Jimmie Ackwood. He not only won the Gold Medal in 800m, 1500m and 5000m, but also broke two world records (one of them was broken again by himself a year later). Ackwood, nicknamed "The Black Star" by the media, became one of the most well-known star atheletes of the US.
The 2004 Olympics was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.