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A brief history of the Olympic Games from 1896 onward

By Julian Worker     Nov 9, 2009 in Sports
It is hoped that organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics have paid more attention to detail than the people who created content on the Vancouver2010.com website.
The very first sentence on their History of the Olympic Games page says, "The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer of 1894."
Athens held the first summer Olympics in 1896 and repeated the hosting of this event in 2004. To mark the tenth anniversary of the 1896 Games an Olympic Games, called the Intercalated Games, was held in Athens in 1906, but they are no longer regarded as official Olympics by the IOC.
When London hosts the 2012 Olympics, the British capital will become the first city to host the Summer Olympics three times. Great Britain, Greece, Switzerland, Australia, and France are the only 5 nations to have been represented at every Summer Olympics with the British winning at least one gold medal at each of the Games.
The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. St Moritz hosted the 1928 Winter Olympics, followed by Lake Placid in 1932 and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany in 1936.
After WWII, in 1948 the Winter Olympics were held in St Moritz for the second time. The 1952 version was held in Oslo, which is the only national capital city to have hosted the Winter Olympics. Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy hosted the 1956 Games, followed by Squaw Valley, Innsbruck, and the French town of Grenoble.
The Winter Olympics first visited Asia in 1972 with the Sapporo Games, which were followed by the second Winter Olympics for both Innsbruck (1976) and Lake Placid (1980).
Sarajevo became the first Eastern European city to host the Winter Olympics in 1984, followed by Calgary in 1988 and Albertville in 1992. This was the last year that the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same year.
The IOC decided that there should be an Olympics of some description every 2 years, so Lillehammer hosted the next Winter Olympics in 1994. Nagano, Salt Lake City, and Turin hosted the next three Games.
With its population of well over 2.5 million, Vancouver will, in 2010, be the largest metropolitan area ever to stage a Winter Olympic Games.
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