This metro-style map shows the host cities of the Olympic summer Games in chronological order from 1896 to 2020. A journey from Athens to Rio and Tokyo taking in all 23 Olympic cities. We have designed the map route in an elegant elliptical form to account for Athens, Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo all holding the games twice and London 3 times.
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We have grouped the Games into 4 colour-coded time periods to make it easier to follow on the map. These are the same colours that are used in the Olympic rings.
Pre-WW1 Olympic Games
Yellow marks the first 5 Games held before the start of World War 1 in 1914:
1896 Athens 1900 Paris 1904 St Louis 1908 London 1912 Stockholm
Pre-WW2 Olympic Games
Blue marks the 5 Games between the end of World War 1 in 1918 and the start of World War 2 in 1939:
1920 Antwerp 1924 Paris 1928 Amsterdam 1932 Los Angeles 1936 Berlin
Note that no Games were held in 1916, 1940 and 1944 – these were scheduled to be hosted by Berlin, Tokyo and London respectively, but had to be cancelled due to hostilities.
Post-WW2 Cold War Olympic Games
Green marks the post-War Games held during the era of the Iron Curtain and Cold War – up to fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Things came to a head between the Soviet Union and USA in Moscow 1980 and in Los Angeles 1984 when they boycotted each other’s Games.
1948 London 1952 Helsinki 1956 Melbourne 1960 Rome 1964 Tokyo 1968 Mexico City 1972 Munich 1976 Montreal 1980 Moscow 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Seoul