1912 Stockholm

1912 Stockholm

Held in Stockholm, the 1912 Olympic Games were a model of efficiency. The Swedish hosts introduced the use of unofficial electronic timing devices for the track events, as well as the first use of a public address system and photo finish.

1920 Antwerp

1920 Antwerp

The 1920 Games were awarded to Antwerp to honour the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during World War I. The Opening Ceremony was notable for the introduction of the Olympic flag and the presentation of the Athletes’ Oath.

1924 Paris

1924 Paris

At the 1924 Games, the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was introduced, as was the Closing Ceremony ritual of raising three flags: the flag of the International Olympic Committee, the flag of the host nation and the flag of the next host nation.

1928 Amsterdam

1928 Amsterdam

At the Opening Ceremony, the team from Greece led the Parade of Nations and the host Dutch team marched in last. Greece first, hosts last would become a permanent part of the Olympic protocol. The Olympic flame was lit for the first time during the opening ceremony at the top of a tower placed inside the stadium. It remained lit throughout the Games.

1932 Los Angeles

1932 Los Angeles

Because the 1932 Olympic Games were held in the middle of the Great Depression and in the comparatively remote city of Los Angeles, half as many athletes took part as had in 1928. Nevertheless, the level of competition was extremely high and 18 world records were either broken or equalled.

1936 Berlin

1936 Berlin

The 1936 Olympic Games saw the introduction of the torch relay, in which a lighted torch is carried from Olympia to the site of the current Games. The 1936 Games were also the first to be broadcast on a form of television.

1948 London

1948 London

The first Games in 12 years were known as the Austerity Games as the Olympic movement reasserted itself after the Second World War.

1952 Helsinki

1952 Helsinki

The Soviet Union and Israel entered the Olympic Games for the first time. Although the Soviet Union athletes were housed in a separate “village”, warnings that Cold War rivalries would lead to clashes proved unfounded.

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