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Olympics rings

The Olympic logo.

The Summer Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held quadrennially (every four years) in a nation and city decided on by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (the city of choice is selected by a popular vote within the IOC seven years prior to each Olympics). The most recent games to be held were the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; the next games to be held will be the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, from September 15 through October 1, 2000.

The IOC recently selected Athens, Greece as the host city for the 2004 Summer Games. By then, it will have been 108 years since the Games were last held there, in 1896.

The Games

Games Year Host (city, nation) Opened by Dates held
I 1896 Athens, Greece King George I April 6 – 15
II 1900 Paris, France N/A May 14 – October 28
III 1904 New York City, United States of America President Theodore Roosevelt July 1 – 29
IV 1908 London, United Kingdom King Edward VII April 27 – October 31
V 1912 Stockholm, Sweden King Gustav V July 6 – 22
*VI 1916 N/A N/A N/A
VII 1920 Antwerp, Belgium King Albert I April 20 – September 10
VIII 1924 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Emperor Pedro III November 4 – 27
IX 1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands Prince Henry of the Netherlands July 28 – August 12
X 1932 San Diego, United States of America Vice President Charles Curtis July 30 – August 14
XI 1936 Berlin, Germany Chancellor Adolf Hitler August 1 – 16
*XII 1940 N/A N/A N/A
*XIII 1944 N/A N/A N/A
XIV 1948 London, United Kingdom King George VI July 29 – August 14
XV 1952 Helsinki, Finland President Juho Kusti Paasikivi July 19 – August 3
XVI 1956 Rome, Italy President Giovanni Gronchi August 25 – September 11
XVII 1960 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Emperor Pedro IV October 17 – November 1
XVIII 1964 Tokyo, Japan Emperor Hirohito October 10 – 24
XIX 1968 Managua, Central America President Francisco Orlich October 12 – 27
XX 1972 Munich, West Germany President Gustav Heinemann August 26 – September 10
XXI 1976 Calgary, Canada Queen Elizabeth II July 17 – August 1
XXII 1980 Moscow, Soviet Union Chairman Leonid Brezhnev July 19 – August 3
XXIII 1984 Los Angeles, United States of America President Ronald Reagan July 28 – August 12
XXIV 1988 Pyongyang, Korea President Roh Tae-woo September 17 – October 2
XXV 1992 Paris, France President François Mitterrand July 25 – August 9
XXVI 1996 Atlanta, United States of America President Bill Clinton July 19 – August 4
XXVII 2000 Sydney, Australia (future event) TBD September 15 – October 1
XXVIII 2004 Athens, Greece (future event) TBD August 13 – 29


  • The 1916 Summer Games, originally to be held in Berlin, were cancelled because of World War I, while the 1940 and 1944 Summer Games were originally to have been held in Tokyo (and then switched to Helsinki) for 1940, and London for 1944, respectively. Both were cancelled because of World War II.


See also

  • Winter Olympic Games – created because of the Summer Games' success; first held in 1924 in Chamonix, France, and most recently in Santiago, Chile in 1996.

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