Summer Olympic City Bids

Can you name the cities which have placed bids to host the Summer Olympic Games?
Winning bids in bold. Strikethrough indicates games not held.
Parentheses indicates a winning bid that withdrew after being chosen.
Source: Wikipedia.
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Years
City
10
1924, 1928, 1932, 1948, 1952, 1956,
1976, 1980, 1984, 2028
Los Angeles
9
(1908), 1924, 1936, 1940, 1944,
1960, 2004, 2020, 2024
Rome
7
1944, 1952, 1956, 1960,
1964, 1968, 1972
Detroit
6
1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1952, 1992
Amsterdam
6
1916, 1920, 1936, 1944, 1960, 2024
Budapest
6
1900, 1924, 1992, 2008, 2012, 2024
Paris
5
2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2020
Istanbul
5
1940, 1960, 1964, 2016, 2020
Tokyo
4
1896, 1944, 1996, 2004
Athens
4
1924, 1936, 1940, 1992
Barcelona
4
1908, 1916, 1936, 2000
Berlin
4
1936, 1956, 1968, 2004
Buenos Aires
4
(1904), 1952, 1956, 2016
Chicago
4
1936, 1940, 1944, 1952
Helsinki
4
1936, 1944, 1948, 1960
Lausanne
4
1908, 1944, 1948, 2012
London
4
1972, 2012, 2016, 2020
Madrid
4
1944, 1956, 1972, 1976
Montreal
4
1920, 1948, 1952, 1956
Philadelphia
4
1936, 2004, 2012, 2016
Rio de Janeiro
3
1916, 1960, 1964
Brussels
3
1920, 2008, 2012
Havana
3
1956, 1960, 1968
Mexico City
3
1948, 1952, 1956
Minneapolis
3
1976, 1980, 2012
Moscow
2
1916, 1936
Alexandria
2
1920, 1996
Atlanta
2
2016, 2020
Baku
2
2000, 2008
Beijing
2
1992, 1996
Belgrade
2
1916, 1920
Cleveland
2
2016, 2020
Doha
2
1920, 1968
Lyon
2
1996, 2000
Manchester
2
1956, 1996
Melbourne
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Years
City
2
1908, 2000
Milan
2
1924, 2016
Prague
2
2004, 2008
Seville
2
1912, 2004
Stockholm
2
1996, 2008
Toronto
1
1920
Antwerp
1
1948
Baltimore
1
2008
Bangkok
1
1992
Birmingham
1
2000
Brasilia
1
1992
Brisbane
1
2008
Cairo
1
2004
Cape Town
1
1936
Cologne
1
1936
Dublin
1
1936
Frankfurt
1
2024
Hamburg
1
2008
Kuala Lumpur
1
2012
Leipzig
1
2004
Lille
1
1936
Montevideo
1
1972
Munich
1
1988
Nagoya
1
2012
New York City
1
1936
Nuremberg
1
2008
Osaka
1
2004
Saint Petersburg
1
1956
San Francisco
1
2004
San Juan
1
1988
Seoul
1
1904
St. Louis
1
2000
Sydney
1
2000
Tashkent
1
1964
Vienna
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Level 70
Aug 10, 2012
Did Tokyo get it for 2020? Because they've only had it once before, and I thought they weren't going to decide until September 2013?
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Level 21
Aug 10, 2012
Tokyo won it in 1964 and 1940, however the latter was cancelled due to the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was then moved to Helsinki, but inevitably cancelled due to WWII. No 2020 bids are included in this quiz.
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Level 62
Dec 22, 2020
What's happening with Tokyo 2020?
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Level 58
Aug 22, 2015
Oops. Forgot about Atlanta. Irony-one of the most forgettable games ever.
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Level 60
Jan 18, 2017
I agree, northing interesting happend in Atlanta.
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Level 35
Aug 11, 2020
There was a big bombing there
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Level 83
Oct 30, 2020
Muhammed Ali lighting the torch was pretty memorable.
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Level 68
Dec 22, 2020
nothing* happened*
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Level ∞
Oct 29, 2020
There was a big kerfuffle because the head of the IOC had a pattern of saying that each Summer Olympics was "the best ever". He didn't say it for Atlanta, but then resumed saying it for Sydney in 2000.
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Level 68
Dec 22, 2020
Why is this??
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Level 72
Dec 22, 2020
They were probably the first games where business had became more important than sport itself. They were viewed by many as excessively commercialized.

Besides that, athletes denounced shortcomings in the organization (crowded apartments in the olympic village, low quality of the catering, etc. And of course, the fact that there was a terrorist bombing that killed two didn't help to the games' popularity.

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Level 60
Jan 18, 2017
Wienna would be a great host city
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Level 62
Dec 22, 2020
If it existed?
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Level 75
Oct 29, 2020
Nice quiz. Also -- appreciate how this tracks the rise and fall of Detroit in the mid-20th century.
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Level 70
Nov 2, 2020
And a couple of Cleveland's bright and shining moments in the distant past.
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2020
What about Rio 2016?

Interesting that in 1936 when Berlin hosted there were 4 German cities in the bidding - Hitler couldn't lose!

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Level ∞
Oct 29, 2020
Rio is listed.
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Level 80
Oct 29, 2020
The thing is that, with the exceptions of Berlin, Barcelona and Rome, no one is really sure about the seriousness of all the listed cities. Rome would withdraw before the voting, and the final ballot was between Berlin and Barcelona.

So, its possible that there was an internal voting to choose which city would represent Germany (something that has been done in many situations where several cities in a country propose a bid: picking only one means all available resources go behind only one unified bid). And, since the "final list" is a murky mess, all the German cities ended there.

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Level 73
Oct 29, 2020
Anyone know why NYC has only bid once? Seems like an obvious host city to me.
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Level 80
Oct 29, 2020
Perhaps due to other US cities proposing a bid and showing more interest in hosting the event.

Los Angeles went to win the rights to host in 2028, despite losing an internal voting to Boston, simply because when Boston dropped its bid, LA's City Council were quick to vote unanimously to back a new bid.

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Level 83
Oct 30, 2020
Nowadays it might be due to the huge financial burden, plus the IOC always demanding new specialized facilities be built. Not impossible but tough to do in the dense metro.
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Level 60
Dec 23, 2020
I agree. You can read the economic statistics in different ways, but ultimately I don't think there's much benefit for large, wealthy cities to bend over backwards to host the Olympics.

Maybe Londoners will contradict me and say London 2012 was a big success, but the trend seems to be toward smaller (as in not gigantic) cities or cities in authoritarian countries.

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Level 74
Oct 30, 2020
No African cities bidding (other than the 2 Egyptian cities) and no successful South American bids. Football world cup bids and venues have been friendlier to those continents.
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Level 69
Oct 30, 2020
Rio de Janeiro was successful for 2016.
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Level 20
Dec 22, 2020
And a fraud.
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Level 83
Oct 30, 2020
Cape Town had a bid, too.
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2020
why would you write a comment with so many obvious errors lol
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2020
Does anyone still know when the Olympics are going on, let alone watch them?
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Level 62
Oct 31, 2020
There should be Olympics in Florida, Texas, Alaska, and Hawaii!
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Level 68
Nov 7, 2020
A lot more American cities that I would've thought. I'm hoping that Detroit gets its chance someday. ;) lol
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Level 58
Nov 9, 2020
Is that a sarcasm?
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Level 43
Dec 13, 2020
Tashkent Olympics 2000? Would've been a sight for sure.
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Level 56
Dec 22, 2020
I always forget Tashkent lol
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Level 52
Dec 22, 2020
London with 100% accuracy in "i want the olympics now" ;)
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Level 56
Dec 22, 2020
No one talking about Detroit having 7 bids and not winning any of them?
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Level 62
Dec 22, 2020
Shouldn’t DC count as a type in for Baltimore?
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Level 33
Dec 22, 2020
Ummmmmm Lake Placid hosted the games twice? They should be on this list right..?
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2020
thats winter olympics
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Level 70
Dec 22, 2020
They hosted the Winter Games.
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2020
So when London does a bid, they either get the olympics or a World War. That is some dice roll.
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Level 68
Dec 24, 2020
London is the only city here with multiple bids with a 100% bidding success bidding rate!
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Level 65
Dec 22, 2020
Absolutely fascinating quiz. Thumbs up to the author!
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Level 50
Dec 22, 2020
I would assume a winter olympics quiz is in the works now?
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Level 60
Dec 23, 2020
Detroit not taking the hint.
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Level 68
Dec 24, 2020
Maybe they should run again. Haven't done so for some time.
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Level 70
Dec 25, 2020
I thought Detroit also bid in 1984.