Hosting the Olympic Games is a unique honor. Many of the world’s largest cities have lobbied for the right to host the world’s foremost sporting competition — yet only a handful are able to say that they have hosted the Olympics.
To provide a list of the locations of the last 31 Olympic Games, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the dates and locations for the modern Summer Olympic Games listed on The Library of Congress.
The first modern Olympics took place in 1896 in Athens, Greece — the home of the original competition, which dates back centuries. It is one of just 23 different cities to host the Summer Games, most of which are in Europe. Five have taken place in North America, four have been in Asia, two were in Australia, and just one has gone to a South American city.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the 2020 games. Though it might seem a bit odd to see the Tokyo 2020 logo in the background of an event taking place in 2021, organizers have had to contend with challenging circumstances before. Previous Olympics have been postponed by war or terrorist attacks, and shaken up by international politics.
The Olympics are ultimately about unity, providing a reason for a country to all rally together to support the athletes representing their home nation. In recent Olympic history, a handful of athletes have stood out from the crowd by delivering superlative performances, taking home many gold medals and putting themselves on the pantheon of the greatest athletes ever. These are the 40 most successful athletes of the 21st century.
To determine the locations of the last 31 Olympic Games, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the dates and locations for the modern Olympic Games listed on The Library of Congress. Our list only includes Summer Olympic Games, and also includes the 1916, 1940, and 1944 Olympic Games which were cancelled due to World War I and World War II respectively. The 2020 Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan are labeled as 2020 despite delayed competition occurring in 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.