Olympic Cities 2024

The Olympic Games, or the Olympics, are the leading international sporting events featuring thousands of top athletes from countries all over the world. The Olympic Games are held every four years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Games on a staggered two-year schedule.

The Olympics were inspired by the ancient Olympic games held in Olympia, Greece starting in the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. In 1984, the International Olympic Committee was founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. In 1896, the first modern-day Olympics were held in Athens.

The Olympic Games have changed during the 20th and 21st centuries. The first Winter Olympic Games were in 1924, which were first played on the same four-year schedule as the Summer Olympics but were switched in the 1990s to every other four-year mark. The Paralympics for disabled athletes and the Youth Olympic Games for ages 14 to 18 were also added.

Choosing a Host City

Being an Olympic Games host city is a great honor and the process is lengthy. Host cities are chosen about seven years before the games begin, oftentimes longer than that. The IOC is in charge of choosing host cities for the games.

The process begins with an application to the IOC, who then reviews the applications and chooses six cities to investigate further. Three cities move onto the next round and IOC members visit the three candidate cities to talk with city leaders, ask questions, and take tours. The visiting IOC member reports back to the rest of the committee who then votes for a city.

Once a city has been chosen, they get to work building the infrastructure needed to host the Olympics. Preparing a city for the games typically costs billions of dollars. The London 2012 Summer Olympics cost over $15 billion.

Olympics Host Cities

Summer Olympics

Winter Olympics

  • 1924 – Chamonix, France
  • 1928 – St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1932 – Lake Placid, USA
  • 1936 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1948 – St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1952 – Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1960 – Squaw Valley, USA
  • 1964 – Innsbruck, Australia
  • 1968 – Grenoble, France
  • 1972 – Sapporo, Japan
  • 1976 – Innsbruck, Australia
  • 1980 – Lake Placid, USA
  • 1984 – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1988 – Calgary, Canada
  • 1992 – Albertville, France
  • 1998 – Nagano, Japan
  • 2002 – Salt Lake City, USA
  • 2006 – Turin, Italy
  • 2010 – Vancouver, Canada
  • 2014 – Sochi, Russia
  • 2018 – Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • 2022 – Beijing, China
  • 2026 – Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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City
Country
Year
Summer/Winter
Costs
AthensGreece1896Summer
ParisFrance1900Summer
St. LouisUnited States1904Summer
LondonEngland1908Summer394,000
StockholmSweden1912Summer
CancelledWWl1916Summer
AntwerpBelgium1920Summer
ParisFrance1924Summer
ChamonixFrance1924Winter3,500,000
AmsterdamNetherlands1928Summer1,180,000
St. MoritzSwitzerland1928Winter706,000
Los AngelesUnited States1932Summer
Lake PlacidUnited States1932Winter
BerlinGermany1936Summer30,000,000
Garmisch-PartenkirchenGermany1936Winter
CancelledWWll1940Summer
CancelledWWll1940Winter
CancelledWWll1944Summer
CancelledWWll1944Winter
LondonEngland1948Summer761,688
St. MoritzSwitzerland1948Winter
HelsinkiFinland1952Summer1,580,000,000
OsloNorway1952Winter
MelbourneAustralia1956Summer5,400,000
Cortina d'AmpezzoItaly1956Winter
RomeItaly1960Summer
Squaw ValleyUnited States1960Winter80,000,000
TokyoJapan1964Summer282,000,000
InnsbruckAustria1964Winter22,000,000
Mexico CityMeixco1968Summer175,000,000
GrenobleFrance1968Winter888,000,000
MunichWest Germany1972Summer1,009,000,000
SapporoJapan1972Winter117,000,000
Montreal Canada1976Summer6,093,000,000
InnsbruckAustria1976Winter118,000,000
MoscowRussia1980Summer6,331,000,000
Lake PlacidUnited States1980Winter435,000,000
Los AngelesUnited States1984Summer719,000,000
SarajevoYugoslavia1984Winter
SeoulSouth Korea1988Summer
CalgaryCanada1988Winter1,109,000,000
BarcelonaSpain1992Summer9,687,000,000
AlbertvilleFrance1992Winter1,997,000,000
LillehammerNorway1994Winter2,228,000,000
AtlantaUnited States1996Summer4,200,000,000
NaganoJapan1998Winter17,900,000,000
SydneyAustralia2000Summer8,100,000,000
Salt Lake CityUnited States2002Winter2,900,000,000
AthensGreece2004Summer18,700,000,000
TurinItaly2006Winter5,300,000,000
BejiengChina2008Summer52,700,000,000
VancouverCanada2010Winter8,900,000,000
LondonEngland2012Summer13,300,000,000
SochiRussia2014Winter59,700,000,000
Rio de JaneiroBrazil2016Summer13,000,000,000
PyeongchangSouth Korea2018Winter15,400,000,000
TokyoJapan2021Summer35,000,000,000
BeijingChina2022Winter8,800,000,000
ParisFrance2024Summer
MilanItaly2026Winter
Los AngelesUnited States2028Summer
BrisbaneAustralia2032Summer
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Olympic Cities 2024