How frequent are the Summer Olympics?

Answer The Summer Olympics are held every four years. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, China, and the 2012 games are to be... Read More »

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When did the Summer Olympics start having a different year than the Winter Olympics?

The first year in which the Summer Olympics were held in a year that did not also have a winter games was 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. The International Olympic Committee voted in 1986 to hold the sum... Read More »

Do more countries compete in the Summer Olympics or the Winter Olympics?

Due to the number of sports and the sports that are offered, the Summer Olympics traditionally attract more countries then the Winter Olympics. For example, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing saw ... Read More »

Do more countries participate in the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics?

The Summer Olympics draw participants from approximately 200 countries, while the winter Olympics are attended by representatives from fewer than 100 countries. This is primarily due to the fact th... Read More »

Who lit the torch in the 1996 Summer Olympics?

Former heavyweight-champion boxer Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Ali, who was born Cassius Clay, won the gold med... Read More »