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This is a list of host cities of the olympic games, both summer and winter, since the modern olympics began in 1896. since then, summer games have usually – but not always – celebrated a four year period known as an olympiad. there have been 28 summer olympic games held in 23 cities, and 23 winter olympic games held in 20. The following are lists of all olympic venues, starting with the first modern olympic games in 1896, organized alphabetically, by sport, and by year as a multi sport event, competitions held during a given olympics usually take place in different venues located across the host city and its metropolitan area.however, some olympic competitions may be held outside the host metropolitan area. Olympic games summer and winter locations and history of the games olympic history the olympic games took their name from the greek city of olympia and though there were important athletic competitions held in other greek cities in ancient times, the olympic games were regarded as the most prestigious. The first modern olympics was held in athens, greece, in 1896. since then, the olympic games have been held more than 50 times in cities in europe, asia, and north america. although the first olympic events were modest affairs, today they are multibillion dollar events that require years of planning and politicking. The winter olympic games (french: jeux olympiques d'hiver) is a major international multi sport event held once every four years for sports practiced on snow and ice. the first winter olympic games, the 1924 winter olympics, were held in chamonix, france.the modern olympic games were inspired by the ancient olympic games, which were held in olympia, greece, from the 8th century bc to the 4th.
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