Tokyo Olympics 2021: Which Country Has Hosted Olympics the Most?

Published 07/04/2021, 5:39 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterdays announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Olympics are one of the most anticipated events of all time. It happens once in four years. The Tokyo Olympics 2021 is the latest event for athletes to showcase their talents as the IOC (International Olympic Committee) conducts these events. They divide the international sporting events into two games- the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics.


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The origins of the games progressed through the Greek games in Olympia, held in Greece. This paved the way for hosting sporting competitions, for countries all over the world. 204 nations take part in the Summer Olympics, whereas, 88 nations take part in the Winter Olympics. The IOC holds additional events like Paralympics and Youth Olympics as well.

As they hold the events, once in four years, some countries had the privilege to hold it several times. These are the countries to hold the event for the most number of times.


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The first modern Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Only the World wars led to the cancellation of the event in 1916, 1940, and 1944 respectively. In addition, the 1980 and 1984 Olympics had a limited number of participants amongst nations because of the existing Cold war. Recently, the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics also was a major call for the organizers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the latest edition of the Olympics is about to get underway, these are some nations that have hosted the Olympics more than three times.

United States of America

The USA produces some world-class athletes for track events, swimming, and other sports. They are one of the most successful Olympic teams in the history of the games. They have won 2,828 medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Likewise, they have hosted the Olympics a record number of 8 times; four Summer and four Winter Olympics (1904, 1932, 1984, 1996, 1932, 1960, 1980, 2002).

They held the four Summer Olympics in St Louis, Atlanta, and two times in Los Angeles. Notably, the 1984 Olympics was one of the most profitable events as it racked in 250 million dollars in profit.

HACHIOJI, JAPAN – APRIL 14: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa poses with the Olympic Symbol after unveiling ceremony on Mt. Takao to mark 100 days before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on April 14, 2021 in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon – Pool/Getty Images)


The second nation which comes on the list is France. It has held two Summer Olympics and three Winter Olympics (1900, 1924, 1924, 1968, 1992). They held the two Summer Olympics in Paris while the Winter Olympics got scheduled in Chamonix, Grenoble, and Albertville. The Winter Olympics in Chamonix is memorable for Sonja Henie, a Norwegian figure skater, who skated when she was 12 years old. Recently, the 2024 Summer Olympics will take place in France.

France is home to a lot of gifted athletes, and their commitment to elevate the Olympic games is remarkable.


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Japan has hosted the Olympics four times in its history (1964, 2020, 1972, 1998). The latest edition of the Olympics is scheduled to be held in Japan. The IOC postponed the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to 2021 because of the ongoing pandemic. Notably, one of the most expensive Winter Olympics was held in Nagano which cost up to 17-30 billion US dollars. Quite astonishing. However, the event reported losses despite the official figures not being released to the public.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

United Kingdom


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The next nation on the list is the United Kingdom. Significantly, London is the only city to host the Olympics games for a record three times. The 2012 London Olympics was a successful event as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt enthralled the audience with their performances in the events. The cost of the event came up to 14.6 billion US dollars. But, the event was successful. Fans will remember the games for Phelps breaking the record for the most medals won by an athlete.

No event in the world comes close to being famous as the Olympics. Moreover, the event focuses on nations fighting it out for gold, silver, and bronze medals. The traditions from Greece made a quite astonishing event for athletes all over the world to showcase their talents.


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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.