Athletes comepete in 43 events covering swimming, atheletics ,cycling,gymnastics,weightlifting,wrestling,fencing,shooting and tennis
American athletes dominate the track and field compotition led by jumper Ray Ewry and sprinter Alvin Kraerzlein.
Ray Ewry of the United States repeats his Paris performence by winning three gold medals in the jumping events.
In the marathon,Dorando Pietri of Italy holds a large lead as he enters the stadium and collapses a few hundred metres.
American Jim Thorpe dominates the Games, taking the gold in the pentathlon and decathlon.
The Olympic flag is introduced for the first time as 2500 athletes,including 60 women,compete
Johhny Weismuller of the United States wins three gold medals in Water polo.
Paavo Nurmi and Ville Rittola, the great finish track athletics coplete in there last games.
Los Angeles, U.S.A
Babe Didrickson, who had completed in 5 events at the Olympics rules to only 3 events and wins two of them, the 80 metre hurdles and the javelin throw.
Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals.
WORLD WAR II
WORLD WAR II
Americans win every single swimming and diving event.
The soviet union completes in the games for the first time. nearly 5000 athletes from 69 countries attended.
As quarantine laws don't allow the entry of foreign horses, equestrian events are held in Stockholm in June. The rest of the Games start in late November, when it's summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
The first Summer Games covered by television worldwide.
A record 5,348 athletes from 83 countries compete.
18-year-old boxer Cassius Clay%u2014later to be known as Muhammad Ali%u2014is the light heavyweight boxing champion.
Japan spends about $3 billion to rebuild Tokyo for the Olympics, revitalizing a city that had been devastated by earthquakes and World War II bombings. 25 Olympic and world records are broken in the course of the Games, and Japan's worldwide image gets a significant boost.
Mexico city, Mexico
These Games are controversially held at the highest altitude ever: 7,349 feet. The thin air is bad for athletes in endurance events, but it leads to records in short races, relays, and jumping events.
The Olympic Oath is taken by a referee for the first time.
Mark Spitz sets seven world records and wins seven gold medals in swimming events.
The original estimated cost of the Montreal Games had been $310 million, but labor problems, financial mismanagement, the addition of an extravagant stadium, and other expenses%u2014plus increased security, clearly needed after the events of Munich%u2014drive the price tag past $1.5 billion.
The first Games to be held in a communist country.
Due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Carter calls upon the U.S. Olympic Committee to boycott the Games. The Olympic Charter requires such committees to "resist all pressures of any kind whatsoever, whether of a political, religious or economic nature," but theory and practice diverge; the Americans stay home, and many other countries follow suit.
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
In retaliation for the U.S.-led boycott of 1980, the Soviet Union leads a 14-country boycott, citing security concerns.
Seoul, South Korea
The most gold medals were won by swimmers%u2013Kristin Otto of East Germany (6) and American Matt Biondi (5). Otherwise, Steffi Graf added an Olympic gold medal to her Grand Slam sweep in tennis, Greg Louganis won both men's diving events for the second straight time, and the U.S. men's basketball team had to settle for third place after losing to the gold medal-winning Soviets, 82-76, in the semifinals.
For the first time in decades, every single nation with an Olympic Committee shows up, even Cuba, North Korea, and South Africa. A record 172 nations participate, represented by 10,563 athletes.
Muhammad Ali lights the cauldron at the start of the Centennial Games. 179 nations participate; 79 win medals.
A pipe bomb in Centennial Olympic Park kills one person and injures 111, but the Games go on.
A record 10,651 athletes (4,069 of them women) from 199 nations participate; the only nation excluded is Afghanistan. North and South Korea enter the stadium under one flag. Australian Aboriginal Cathy Freeman lights the cauldron at the start of the game, and goes on to win the 400m race.
The Games return to Greece
It was the first time in olympic history that anyone had won 8 gold medals in a row
For the third time in history the olympic games are held in England