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The first edition of the modern Olympics was the brainchild of Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France; winners were awarded silver medals. 1896 Summer (Athens, Greece; April 6 - April 15, 1896)
Some of the stranger events included one-handed weightlifting and 100-meter freestyle swimming for members of the Greek navy. Appropriately, Greek shepherd Spiridon Louis became the hero of the Games by winning the marathon. 1896 Summer (Athens, Greece; April 6 - April 15, 1896)
While the Swedes introduced electronic timers to the games, the athletic hero was United States decathlete and Native American Jim Thorpe. He won the pentathlon, placed fourth in the high jump, and seventh in the long jump. 1912 Summer (Stockholm, Sweden; May 5 - July 22, 1912)
During the medal presentation, Swedish king Gustav V said, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete" to which Thorpe purportedly replied "Thanks, King." 1912 Summer (Stockholm, Sweden; May 5 - July 22, 1912)
Finally, Thorpe went on to win the decathlon with a score so astounding that it would still have won him the silver medal in 1948. 1912 Summer (Stockholm, Sweden; May 5 - July 22, 1912)
These games are best remembered for Alabama native Jesse Owens' amazing work on the track against a backdrop of Nazi propaganda emphasizing Aryan superiority. 1936 Summer (Berlin, Germany; August 1-16, 1936)
US athlete Jesse Owens won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, long jump, and 4 x 100-meter sprint relay. Despite the growing strength of the Nazi state, the German people became enamored with Owens and named a Berlin street for him after his 1980 death. 1936 Summer (Berlin, Germany; August 1-16, 1936)
On other fronts, the Olympics were broadcast on television for the first time (as seen in the film Contact) and also saw the introduction of the relay of the Olympic torch. 1936 Summer (Berlin, Germany; August 1-16, 1936)
In addition to being the first Olympics to be held at high altitude, these Games saw U.S. long jumper Bob Beamon set a record of 8.90 meters that would remain untouched for 23 years. 1968 Summer (Mexico City, Mexico; October 12-27, 1968)
To protest the Mexican government's killing of at least 250 unarmed demonstrators, Tommie Smith & John Carlos staged a silent protest w/ a black gloved, raised fist "Black Power" salute during the award ceremony. The IOC promptly ordered them home 1968 Summer (Mexico City, Mexico; October 12-27, 1968)
One of the most tragic Olympics ever, these Games saw the kidnapping and killing of 11 Israeli athletes by eight Palestinian terrorists, five of whom were shot dead by West German police. 1972 Summer (Munich, West Germany; August 26-September 11, 1972)
Jim McKay of ABC Sports remained on the air for hours, bringing American viewers up to date on the situation. Though the Olympics paused for 34 hours, the IOC ordered the games to continue. 1972 Summer (Munich, West Germany; August 26-September 11, 1972)
Memorable performances were turned in by American swimmer Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals, and Russian gymnast Olga Korbut, who captivated audiences en route to winning three gold medals. 1972 Summer (Munich, West Germany; August 26-September 11, 1972)
In an Olympics where a single man, American speed skater Eric Heiden, would win five gold medals and not be the biggest story, something very special had to happen. 1980 Winter (Lake Placid, NY, United States; February 12-24, 1980)
In what would become known as "The Miracle on Ice," the U.S. Olympic hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks and captain Mike Eruzione, defeated the powerful Soviet team 4-3 on February 22, 1980. 1980 Winter (Lake Placid, NY, United States; February 12-24, 1980)
Two days later, the US hockey team defeated Finland to claim America's second Olympic hockey gold medal, the first being in 1960 at Squaw Valley. 1980 Winter (Lake Placid, NY, United States; February 12-24, 1980)
Despite the glow from the Lake Placid Games, these Games were marred by a United States boycott ordered by President Jimmy Carter in response to the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 1980 Summer (Moscow, Soviet Union; July 19 - August 3, 1980)
The result was an Eastern Bloc field day, with all 54 East German rowers earning a medal and the Soviets totaling 80 gold medals. British distance runner Sebastian Coe produced the West's best performance by winning the 1500-meter race. 1980 Summer (Moscow, Soviet Union; July 19 - August 3, 1980)
This US boycott lead was followed by Canada, West Germany, Japan, Kenya and China, while other Western nations left it up to their individual athletes, many of whom chose to partake. 1980 Summer (Moscow, Soviet Union; July 19 - August 3, 1980)
One good turn deserves another, or in this case, "The Russians aren't coming, the Russians aren't coming." 1984 Summer (Los Angeles, CA, United States; July 28 - August 12, 1984)
Virtually every Communist nation skipped these games, leaving the door open for a "USA all the way" feeling, as the Americans took home 83 gold medals out of a total of 174. 1984 Summer (Los Angeles, CA, United States; July 28 - August 12, 1984)
Among the highlights were American sprinter Carl Lewis' repeat of Jesse Owens 1936 performance: winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, long jump, and 4 x 100 meter sprint relay. 1984 Summer (Los Angeles, CA, United States; July 28 - August 12, 1984)
In gymnastics, West Virginia native Mary Lou Retton won the all-around gold medal. 1984 Summer (Los Angeles, CA, United States; July 28 - August 12, 1984)
Massachusetts native Nancy Kerrigan and Oregonian Tonya Harding were among America's leading hopes for gold in women's figure skating. 1994 Winter (Lillehammer, Norway; February 12-February 27, 1994)
Sweden won the ice hockey gold by defeating Canada in a shootout; future Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg's game-winning effort against Canadian goalie Sean Burke was immortalized on a Swedish postage stamp. 1994 Winter (Lillehammer, Norway; February 12-February 27, 1994)
During the Olympic Trials in Detroit, Kerrigan was viciously attacked by an unknown assailant, who would later be traced back to Harding 1994 Winter (Lillehammer, Norway; February 12-February 27, 1994)
. In the ensuing media circus, both Kerrigan and Harding were sent to Norway, but their thunder was stolen by Ukrainian skate Oksana Baiul, who edged out silver medallist Kerrigan, while Harding placed eighth. 1994 Winter (Lillehammer, Norway; February 12-February 27, 1994)
In speed skating, Bonnie Blair won her third straight gold in the 500-meters and second straight in the 1,000-meters. 1994 Winter (Lillehammer, Norway; February 12-February 27, 1994)
perennial hard luck kid Dan Jansen won Olympic gold in his last race, the 1,000 meters, and Norwegian Johann Olav Koss won three gold medals, all in world-record times. 1994 Winter (Lillehammer, Norway; February 12-February 27, 1994)
In what have been called "The Coke Games," due to their exceptional commercialization in the city of Coke's business headquarters, the sweltering Georgia heat and organizational problems made these Games a veritable nightmare. 1996 Summer (Atlanta, GA, United States; July 25 - August 8, 1996)
But a still-unsolved bombing in Centennial Olympic Park that killed one person and injured one hundred that remains the Games' most memorable event. 1996 Summer (Atlanta, GA, United States; July 25 - August 8, 1996)
Irish swimmer Michelle Smith won three gold medals in the pool, only to be plagued by rumors of steroid use. Carl Lewis got his ninth gold by winning the long jump for the fourth consecutive Games 1996 Summer (Atlanta, GA, United States; July 25 - August 8, 1996)
American sprinter Michael Johnson became the first man to win the 200-meter and 400-meter races, the former in a world-record 19.32 seconds. 1996 Summer (Atlanta, GA, United States; July 25 - August 8, 1996)
Site of the 2000 Summer Games Sydney, Australia
Site of the 2004 Summer Games Athens, Greece
Site of the 2008 Summer Games Beijing, China
Site of the 2012 Summer Games London, United Kingdom
Site of the 2016 Summer Games Rio de Janiero, Brazil (controversy over the Zika virus)
Site of the 1998 Winter Games Nagano, Japan
Site of the 2002 Winter Games Salt Lake City, Utah
Site of the 2006 Winter Games Turin, Italy
Site of the 2010 Winter Games Vancouver, Canada
Site of the 2014 Winter Games Sochi, Russia
Created by: Mr_Morman