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The first recorded Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. The IOC, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, sets and enforces Olympic policy. The site of the games is chosen, usually at least six years in advance. The modern summer olympic games have been held in the following places:

Summer Olympic Games

Year
Location
1896 Athens, Greece
1900 Paris, France
1904 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1906 Athens, Greece (unofficial)
1908 London, England
1912 Stockholm, Sweeden
1916 Not Held
1920 Antwerp, Belgium
1924 Paris, France
1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands
1932 Los Angeles, California, USA
1936 Berlin, Germany
1940 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1948 London, England
1952 Helsinki, Finland
1956 Melbourne, Australia
1960 Rome, Italy
1964 Tokyo, Japan
1968 Mexico City, Mexico
1972 Munich, Germany
1976 Montreal, Canada
1980 Moscow Russia
1984 Los Angeles, California, USA
1988 Seoul, South Korea
1992 Barcelona, Spain
1996 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2000 Sydney, Australia
2004 Athens, Greece
2008 Bejiing, China
2012 London, England
2016 Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Winter Olympic Games

Year
Location
1924 Chamonix, France
1928 St. Mortiz, Switzerland
1932 Lake Placid, New York, USA
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1940 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1948 St. Mortiz, Switzerland
1952 Oslo, Norway
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
1960 Squaw Valley, California, USA
1964 Innsbruck, Austria
1968 Grenoble, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan
1976 Innsbruck, Austria
1980 Lake Placid, New York, USA
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1988 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1992 Albertville, France
1996 Lillehammer, Norway
1998 Nagano, Japan
2002 Salt Lake City, Utah USA
2006 Turin, Italy
2010 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2014 Sochi, Russia
2018 Pyeonchang, South Korea