History Of Summer Olympics

The history Summer Olympics can be rooted back to the ancient Greece. The first Summer Olympics which was also known as the Games of the I Olympiad was held in Athens, Greece from April 6 to April 15. However, it was the first Olympic Games hosted in the modern era. Despite many obstacles and setbacks, the 1896 Olympics were regarded as a great success. Four years later, Summer Olympics was held in Paris. This event attracted more than four times as many athletes, including 11 women, who were allowed to officially compete for the first time, in croquet, golf, sailing and tennis. The Games were integrated with the Paris World’s Fair and lasted over 5 months.

There were fewer participants in the 1904 Summer Olympics which was held in St. Louis, Missouri, United States because of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair. But the number increases in the 1908 London games. In the origin of Summer Olympics, the Games continued to grow, attracting 2,504 competitors, when held in Stockholm in 1912. However, the Games at Stockholm were the first to fulfill Pierre de Coubertin's original idea. For the first time since the Games started in 1896 were all continents represented with athletes competing in the same stadium. However, the scheduled Berlin Games of 1916 were canceled following the onset of World War I. Know more about the Summer Olympics history.

The first post-war Summer Olympics Games were held in 1948 in London, excluding Germany and Japan excluded. At the 1952 Summer Olympics Games Helsinki and the USSR team competed for the first time and consequently became one of the dominant teams. The Games which was held in Melbourne in 1956 was greatly successful, barring a water polo match between Hungary and USSR. Rome hosted the games in the year 1960. In the Summer Olympics history, the Games which were held in 1964, Tokyo was a turning point in the global visibility and popularity of the Olympics. However, the performances at the 1968 Mexico City games were affected by the altitude of the host city. Moreover, politics again intervened at Munich in 1972, with lethal consequences.

In the history of Summer Olympics, the games which were held in Montreal in 1976 were regarded as the most expensive, until the 2008 Summer Olympics. Due to the Afghan Civil War the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow was boycotted and it continues till 1984 Olympics held in Los Angles. Again, without the participation of the Eastern European countries, the 1984 Games were dominated by their host country. The game was also the first time Mainland China (People's Republic) participated. Later, Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics Games in 1988. The 1992 Summer Olympics was held in Barcelona. The next Games were held in Atlanta in 1996 and 2000 Games were in Sydney, Australia. In the Summer Olympics history, the games came back to its birthplace Athens in 2004. The 2008 Summer Olympics Games were held in Beijing. However, 2012 Summer Olympics will held in London, United Kingdom.

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