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Summer Olympic Games

Summer Olympic Games Overview

This Summer Olympic Games list details every host city and host nation along with the number of sportsmen and sportswomen who took part. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) doesn’t publish Olympics medal tables because the Olympic Charter states the games are “competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries” but nevertheless medal tables are widely published. Despite attempts to agree a more inclusive points system, which would give a rank to countries without any medals, none have become widely established.

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CountryYearGamesNationsOlympic VillageAthletesEventsSports
Greece1896I14Athens245439
France1900II24Paris13118523
USA1904III12St. Louis6899117
England1908IV22London2,03510921
Sweden1912V28Stockholm2,54710214
Germany1916VIBerlincancelleddue to WWII
Belgium1920VII29Antwerp2,66915420
France1924VIII44Paris (France)3,07512617
Netherlands1928IX46Amsterdam2,87110914
USA1932X37Los Angeles1,33111614
Germany1936XI49Berlin4,06612919
Finland / Japan1940XIIHelsinki / Tokyocancelleddue to WWII
England1944XIIILondoncancelleddue to WWII
England1948XIV59London4,10613617
Finland1952XV69Helsinki4,95514917
Australia1956XVI72*Melbourne3,47215317
Italy1960XVII83Rome5,33815017
Japan1964XVIII93Tokyo51416319
Mexico1968XIX112Mexico City5,53117218
Germany1972XX121Munich7,14719521
Canada1976XXI92Montreal6,02819821
Russia1980XXII80Moscow5,21720321
USA1984XXIII140Los Angeles6,79722121
South Korea1988XXIV159Seoul8,38123723
Spain1992XXV169Barcelona9,96725725
USA1996XXVI197Atlanta1,03227126
Australia2000XXVII199Sydney10,65130028
Greece2004XXVIII201Athens11,09930128
China2008XXIX204Beijing11,12930228
England2012XXX204London10,76830226
Brazil2016XXXI207Rio de Janeiro11,30330628
Japan2020XXXIITokyo28
*Due to Australian quarantine laws six equestrian events were held in Sweden ahead of the 1956 Games in Australia. 5 nations, which competed in the equestrian events in Sweden, didn’t attend the main games in Australia.

Summer Olympic Games History

The first modern Summer Olympic Games took place in 1896 having been resurrected by Pierre de Frédy – a French Baron and historian – with the goal of promoting peace through sport. To what degree he succeeded is unclear – the games have been cancelled 3 times so far because of World Wars.

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