2016 Summer Olympics: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro became the first South American nation to host the Olympics when the IOC awarded the Games to the city for 2016. Yet the decision proved to be short-sighted, as the city and Brazil as a whole did not have infrastructure like venues and transportation already in place. All told, the Games cost Brazil over $20 billion — and the tally is increasing, as the cost of maintaining the stadiums is steep. Still, Brazilian fans were thrilled when their soccer team was able to deliver their first gold medal in their most beloved sport. The U.S. again dominated the medal tally, with 121 — over 50 more than the next closest country, which was China. American gymnast Simone Biles emerged as the star of the Games, taking home four golds and a bronze.
2020 Summer Olympics: Tokyo, Japan
The 2020 Summer Olympics are taking place in 2021, as a result of the global COVID-19 global pandemic that pushed the Games back by about a year. Still, nearly 13,000 athletes from 208 countries came to Tokyo to compete. Tokyo beat out Istanbul and Madrid for hosting duties.
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