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Cities That Have Hosted the Olympics

The United States has hosted more Olympic games than any other country, while London has hosted more Olympic games than any other city.

The first Summer Olympics was held in the city of Athens, Greece, between April 6 and April 15, 1896. Since then, the event has been held after every four years except in 1916, 1940, and 1944 when the event was canceled due to the World Wars. The first Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France in 1924. The 1940 and 1944 winter events were canceled due to World War II. Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year until the International Olympics Committee decided to split the games to alternate even years by holding the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. 

Cities That Have Hosted The Olympics

The United States has hosted the Olympic games more than any other country, having hosted four Summer Olympic games and four Winter Olympic games. The city of London leads in the number of events held in a single city with three Summer Olympics. Europe has hosted 30 events; 14 Winter and 16 Summer Olympics while Africa is set to host its first Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022. To date, no city has hosted the winter and Summer Olympics, but Beijing is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and become the first city to host both events.

London hosted 1908, 1948, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was also set to host the 1944 Olympics, but the event was canceled due to the Second World War. Paris (1900, 1924,), Los Angeles (1932, 1984,) and Athens (1896, 2004) have hosted two events. Innsbruck (1964, 1976), St Moritz (1928, 1948), and Lake Placid (1932, 1980) have all hosted two Winter Olympic games.

 

​Future Olympics Events 

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics between July 24 and Aug 9 to bring the city's tally to two, including the 1964 event. For the first time, softball, baseball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, and karate will be included as competitive events. Paris is set to host the 2024 Summer Olympics between July 26 and August 11 to bring the city's tally to three events to match London. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics between July 21 and August 6. It will be the third time the city hosts the event. Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics between February 4 and February 20 while Dakar, Senegal will host the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics.

Cities That Have Hosted the Olympics

RankCityYear
1Athens (Summer) 1896
2Paris (Summer) 1900
3St. Louis (Summer) 1904
4London (Summer) 1908
5Stockholm (Summer) 1912
6Berlin (Summer) 1916
7Antwerp (Summer) 1920
8Chamonix (Winter) 1924
9Paris (Summer) 1924
10Amsterdam (Summer) 1928
11St. Moritz (Winter) 1928
12Lake Placid (Winter) 1932
13Los Angeles (Summer) 1932
14Berlin (Summer) 1936
15Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Winter)1936
16Sapporo (Winter) 1940
17Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Winter) 1940
18Tokyo (Summer) 1940
19Helsinki (Summer) 1940
20Cortina d'Ampezzo (Winter) 1944
21London (Summer) 1944
22London (Summer) 1948
23St. Moritz (Winter) 1948
24Helsinki (Summer) 1952
25Oslo (Winter) 1952
26Cortina d'Ampezzo (Winter) 1956
27Melbourne (Summer) 1956
28Stockholm (Summer) 1956
29Rome (Summer) 1960
30Squaw Valley (Winter) 1960
31Innsbruck (Winter) 1964
32Tokyo (Summer) 1964
33Grenoble (Winter) 1968
34Mexico City (Winter) 1968
35Munich (Summer) 1972
36Sapporo (Winter) 1972
37Innsbruck (Winter) 1976
38Montreal (Summer) 1976
39Lake Placid (Winter) 1980
40Moscow (Summer) 1980
41Los Angeles (Summer) 1984
42Sarajevo (Winter) 1984
43Calgary (Winter) 1988
44Seoul (Summer) 1988
45Albertville (Winter) 1992
46Barcelona (Summer) 1992
47Lillehammer (Winter) 1994
48Atlanta (Summer) 1996
49Nagano (Winter) 1998
50Sydney (Summer) 2000
51Salt Lake City (Winter) 2002
52Athens (Summer) 2004
53Turin (Winter) 2006
54Beijing (Summer) 2008
55Singapore (Youth Summer) 2010
56Vancouver (Winter) 2010
57Innsbruck (Youth Winter) 2012
58London (Summer) 2012
59Nanjing (Youth Summer) 2014
60Sochi (Winter) 2014
61Lillehammer (Youth Winter) 2016
62Rio de Janeiro (Summer) 2016
63Buenos Aires (Youth Summer) 2018
64Pyeongchang (Winter) 2018
65Lausanne (Youth Winter) 2020
66Tokyo (Summer) 2020
67Beijing (Winter) 2022
68Dakar (Youth Summer) 2022
69Paris (Summer) 2024
70Los Angeles (Summer) 2028

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