15 Magnificent Olympic Cities

Of all the nations that have hosted the Summer Olympics, only a few have been more than once lucky to be the destinations of the world’s most prestigious games. The United States has hosted four summer Olympics, while Britain has hosted three. Enjoy a visual tour of these great cities that have made Olympic history.

Olympic cities Athens
Athens: Fourteen nations participated in the very first modern Olympic Games, which were held in Athens from April 6 to 15, 1896. Olympia, the site of the ancient Games in the spirit of which the modern games were modeled, is in Greece. According to historical records the ancient games, which were held in honour of the Greek god Zeus, began in 776 BC. Women were not allowed to compete. In 2004, 108 years later, the Olympic Games returned to Athens.

Olympic cities Paris
Paris: The second modern Olympic Games in history were held in Paris in 1900, and it had to be France where women competed for the first time. Twenty-four nations took part and Americans dominated most sports, although the hosts won the most medals. In 1924, Paris hosted the Olympics for the second time. France has also hosted the Winter Olympics three times.

Olympic Cities St Louis, Missouri
St Louis, Missouri: Of all the nations in the world, the United States has hosted the Summer Olympics four times. The first Olympics on American soil were hosted in St Louis, Missouri, in 1904.

Olympic Cities - London
London: London, which hosted the Olympics in 1908, was also the designated venue for the 1944 Games. World War II broke out in the interim, causing the 1940 and 1944 Games to be cancelled. Great Britain eventually hosted the Games in 1948 and in 2012. This is the third time that the Olympic Torch has been housed in London.

Olympic Cities - Los Angeles
Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California, has hosted the Games twice – in 1932 and 1984.

Olympic Cities - Berlin
Berlin: Nazi Germany stamped its brand of politics all over the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and Germany was the most successful nation in the Games, despite African-American athlete Jesse Owen winning four gold medals. The next two Olympic Games were cancelled when WWII broke out and within less than a decade, Nazism had been stubbed out.

Olympic Cities - Melbourne
Melbourne: The first Australian city to host the Olympic Games was Melbourne in 1956. It was also the first time that the Summer Olympics were held during winter in the northern hemisphere.

Olympic Cities - Rome
Rome: Rome had been chosen as the venue of the 1908 Summer Olympics but had to give up the opportunity to London when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1906. The city finally got its chance in 1960.

Olympic Cities - Tokyo
Tokyo: A series of firsts marked the 1964 Olympics. Japan had the honor of hosting the very first Summer Olympic Games held in Asia. It was also the first time that South Africa was barred from participating due to its apartheid system. The newly formed nation of Malaysia competed in the Games for the first time.

Olympic Cities - Munich
Munich: Germany, cloven into East and West after World War II, wanted to put behind the Nazi past that had dominated the Berlin Olympics. However, the spirit of the 1972 Olympic Games was marred by the assassination of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, and the killing of a West German police officer and five Palestinian terrorists.

Olympic Cities - Montreal
Montreal: In 1976, Montreal hosted the first Olympics to be held in Canada (Canada later hosted the Winter Olympics in Calgary, 1988 and Vancouver, 2010). A 17-year-old Romanian gymnast named Nadia Comaneci shone at the Games, scoring seven perfect 10s and winning three golds.

Olympic Cities - Moscow
Moscow: With the Cold War at its frigidest, the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics but India won the field hockey gold for the record eighth time. The USSR won most of the medals.

Olympic Cities - Seoul
Seoul: The 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, saw two Cold War nations – the Soviet Union and East Germany – compete for the last time. The largest number of nations – 160 in all – participated in these Olympics, the second to be held in Asia. North Korea boycotted the Games.

Olympic Cities - Atlanta
Atlanta: In 1996, the United States hosted the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, becoming the only country to host the Games five times (including two winter Olympics). Twenty-four countries, including many from the disintegrated Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, made their appearance in the Olympics for the first time.

Olympic Cities - Sydney
Sydney: One hundred and ninety-nine nations participated in the millennial Olympics to be held in Sydney, the second time that the Games were staged in the southern hemisphere. North and South Korea marched in a single contingent but participated separately. Afghanistan was banned due to the Taliban’s atrocities on women in sport.

Courtesy: http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com

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