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The Locations of the Last 31 Summer Olympic Games

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1916 Summer Olympics: Berlin, Germany (Cancelled, WWI)

Berlin was selected to host the 1916 Olympic Games, ahead of Alexandria, Egypt and Budapest, Hungary. Initially, organizers wanted to add winter sports like ice hockey, Nordic skiing, and speed skating into the mix, but the outbreak of World War I in 1914 nixed the Games altogether.

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1920 Summer Olympics: Antwerp, Belgium

The 1920 Olympics were the first time in modern history that the host nation did not win the most total medals. Belgian athletes took home 42 medals, tied for fourth with France. The U.S. delegation won 95, Swedish athletes won 64, and British competitors won 43. Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Bulgaria were banned from the Games, as they were deemed aggressor nations in World War I.

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1924 Summer Olympics: Paris, France

Paris became the first two-time Olympic host city in modern history in 1924. These Games were more organized and better attended than their initial Olympics in 1900. There were over 3,200 competitors from 45 different nations taking part in 131 different medal events. The 1924 Olympics featured art competitions in the fields of architecture, literature, painting, and sculpture. The U.S. dominated the medal count, taking home 45 golds and 99 medals in total. Host nation France finished second with 41 medals in total.

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1928 Summer Olympics: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam was selected over Los Angeles as the 1928 Olympics host city. Yet American competitors still dominated the field, taking home 56 medals. Germany, returning to the Games following its World War I banishment, had its athletes win 39 medals. The 1928 Olympics also saw women take another step towards equality, as it was the first time female competitors were able to compete in track & field events — though they only had five events, compared to 21 for male competitors.

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1932 Summer Olympics: Los Angeles, California

The 1932 Olympics were the second held in the U.S. The Great Depression put a damper on the proceedings. The number of participants fell from nearly 3,300 in the previous Games to fewer than 2,000. The U.S. delegation lapped the field, winning 110 medals. Italy finished second with 36. Texan Babe Didrikson was the breakout star of the 1932 Olympics, winning gold in the 80 metres hurdles and javelin and a silver in the high jump. She would later go on to be one of the greatest female golfers of all time.

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