Last Olympics in USA & Other Olympic Host Countries & Cities

London, Paris, and Los Angeles don’t have much in common. The three cities are many miles apart (London to Paris is 214 miles, London to L.A. is 5,440 miles, and L.A. to Paris a bit more.) They have different cultures and traditions. But one thing the cities do have in common is the number of times they’ve hosted the Olympic Games.

Fans flock to host cities to watch live as top athletes from hundreds of countries compete in the events. More than entertainment and the chance for athletes to get awarded for their skills (Olympics Prize Money: Do Olympians Get Paid?), the Games offer host cities a unique tourism opportunity, with millions of new visitors in need of lodging, food, etc.

But not every city has the capacity to host the Olympics. The cities that do must have large enough stadiums and a climate well-suited for seasonal sports.

So which are the most frequent Olympic host cities and countries? The map below holds the answers.

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Most Frequent Olympic Host Cities

To start, let’s look at the cities with the most Olympic hosting under their belt. By this point, some of these cities should get a gold medal in hosting.

City Number of Olympics hosted
Paris, France 3
Los Angeles, U.S. 3
London, U.K. 3
St. Moritz, Switzerland 2
Lake Placid, U.S. 2
Innsbruck, Austria 2
Beijing, China 2
Athens, Greece 2

London, Paris, and Los Angeles are the only cities in the world that have hosted the Olympic Games three times. All of the Games hosted in London were the summer version, first in 1908, again in 1948, and most recently in 2012.

Like London, Paris’ stints as host have all been for the Summer Games, the first of which occurred in 1900. After that, Olympic athletes returned to City of Light in 1924 and they’ll do so again in 2024.

As for Los Angeles, California, the city first hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932. Los Angeles hosted the Games once again in the summer of 1984 and L.A. is also set to host the 2028 Summer Games.

But Los Angeles isn’t the only U.S. city to host the Olympics multiple times. While not thrice, Lake Placid, New York has twice played host to the Winter Games, making the U.S. the only country in the world to have two cities hosting more than once each. In addition to Lake Placid, Athens (Summer), Beijing (Summer and Winter Games), Innsbruck (Winter), and St. Moritz (Winter) have each hosted the Games twice.

Now let’s take a look at the bigger picture: countries.

Most Frequent Olympic Host Countries

Cities aside, which countries have hosted the most games?

  • United States: 9
  • France: 6
  • Italy: 4
  • United Kingdom: 3
  • Japan: 3
  • Canada: 3
  • Australia: 3

The U.S. has hosted the most Olympic Games of all other countries. Aside from the previously mentioned multi-host cities of Los Angeles and Lake Placid, other host cities include Atlanta, Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley in California), and St. Louis. Plus, the last Olympics in USA was held in Salt Lake City in 2002. As for when will the Olympics be in the US next, L.A. will once again welcome Olympic enthusiasts in 2028.

In addition to the countries above, Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Norway, South Korea, and Switzerland have each hosted the Games twice.

Both in Beijing: Seasonal Games Hosts

As for which countries have hosted both the Summer and Winter Games: You may think of Canada as a winter-only wonderland, but the country has not only hosted two Winter Olympics (in Calgary in 1988 and Vancouver in 2010) but one summer version in Montreal in 1976.

And while Paris may have been the site of three summer games, Albertville, Chamonix, and Grenoble, France have each hosted the Winter Games in 1992, ’24, and ’68.

Other countries to host the Olympic Games for both seasons include Germany (Berlin in the summer of ’36 and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the winter of the same year).

Plus, West Germany’s Munich hosted the Summer Games in 1972.

Italy, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., and China also have similar dual-season hosting backgrounds. Speaking of China, Beijing is the only city to have hosted both the summer (2008) and winter (2022) versions of the Olympics.

For more on the games this Olympic season, check out Every Country’s Olympic Wins (& Losses) or The 500 Largest Stadiums in the World, which includes at least 19 Olympic structures.

Every Country’s Olympic Wins (& Losses)

At any competition, whether it be a spelling bee, chess tournament, or wrestling match, the intent is to win. Very few spend hours practicing their craft with the hopes of being second-best.

Of course, when it comes to the Olympic Games, that desire increases ten-fold, both from the athlete and their team. Every country from Argentina to Zimbabwe has the same goal: go for gold. In total, 150 countries have succeeded in winning at least one medal at the Summer or Winter Games, though many have placed at the top multiple times. Take a look at the map to see how many gold, silver, and bronze all-time Olympic medals each country has accumulated throughout their years participating in the Olympic Games.

View Every Country’s Olympic Wins in a full screen map

The data displayed on the is from the All-time Olympic Games medal table in Wikipedia. Sort it by one of the groups or read on to uncover the most successful countries overall, the top gold, silver, and bronze, and the 76 countries without Olympic medals.

Most Successful Countries at the Olympic Games

While everyone dreams of winning Olympic gold, at this level of athletics a second-place silver medal or bronze for third is nothing to sniff at. So let’s take a look at the top 10 most successful countries at the Olympic games, all of which have earned at least 500 medals apiece.

  1. United States: 2,980 Olympic medals
  2. Soviet Union: 1,204
  3. Great Britain: 948
  4. Germany: 892
  5. France: 874
  6. Italy: 742
  7. China: 696
  8. Sweden: 661
  9. Australia: 562
  10. Japan: 555

At just under 3,000 total gold, silver, and bronze medals at the time of writing, the U.S. comes out on top of Olympic wins. Of the 2,980 medals, 2,673 were won during the Summer Olympics, the most medals of all Summer Games participants. That leaves 307 from the Games that take place in the Winter, second-most to Norway. Most impressively, to answer how many gold medals does the US have, 1,180 are gold, while silver adds up to 959 and bronze: 841.

The Soviet Union’s 1,204 total medals can be broken down into 473 gold, 376 silver, and 355 bronze. This is impressive for a nation that only competed in the Olympic Games 18 times between ​​1952–1988 before it disbanded. What was previously included in the Soviet Union team now participates in the Olympics as 15 individual countries.

Then there’s Great Britain. It’s the first top 10 team to have won more bronze and silver medals than gold. The country has won 332 bronze, 320 silver, and 296 gold. Of course, Great Britain has the benefit of many territories. They can choose athletes from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Athletes from Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey and 11 territories like Anguilla, Gibraltar, and Turks and Caicos Islands can also represent them.

Just narrowly missing the top 10: Russia with 547 medals, although if you combined them with the Soviet Union’s wins, it would be far greater (though still not surpassing the U.S.) With the top winners (and Russia) in mind, let’s answer some questions about participation.

Most Participating Places

Now, how do practice and opportunity affect an Olympic outcome? Let’s see if the most successful countries at the Olympic games like the U.S., Soviet Union, and Great Britain are those that have participated the most.

  • United States (307 Olympic Games in total)
  • Great Britain (52)
  • France (52)

Summer vs Winter

Breaking it down by Summer vs. Winter Games, 12 countries have participated 23 times in the Winter Games, including Norway and the U.S. As for which country has won the most winter Olympic medals? Norway beats out every other country with a total of 368. It seems those freezing temperatures and a constant blanket of snow have come in handy.

Of Norway’s medals, 132 are gold (the most gold medals of all Winter Games participants). Norway also takes the cake for the most silver Winter medals (125) and most bronze (111). That just leaves the less athletically-inclined countries without a single medal.

Countries Without Olympic Medals

Several countries have only a single Olympic medal to their name (sort the map by Total to see for yourself). But then there are those without even one medal to call their own.

Of the 76 medal-less countries out there, many have tried multiple times (some more than 20!) to place at the games. The countries without medals with most attempts include:

  • Monaco – 31-time Olympic Games participant
  • Andorra – 24
  • Bolivia – 21

In addition to these three countries with more than 20 tries, Malta, Myanmar, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Madagascar have each attempted to win a medal at the Olympics at least 15 times.

For more on the Olympics, be sure to check out how much Olympians get paid. Plus, our post on the world’s 500 Largest Stadiums includes the 40,000 max capacity Wuhu Olympic Stadium.

BatchGeo Earns Spot on G2’s 2022 Best Software Awards

G2’s Annual Best Software Awards ranks the world’s best software companies and products based on authentic, timely reviews from real users—and BatchGeo is a 2022 Best Software Awards winner! Out of thousands of contenders, G2 customers chose BatchGeo as one of the very best.

We’re joined by the likes of Google Earth Pro (#29) and the Google Maps API (#37) in GIS Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Products. View the 50 Best Software CAD & PLM Products or continue on for a demonstration on our winning software.

Gather Location Data for Mapping

It’s human nature to enjoy being recognized for hard work. It’s why the world awards Nobel Prizes and Olympic medals… along with the Best Software Awards! Rather than wax on about the ranking, let’s look at how BatchGeo can help you create information-rich maps from data you already have.

From spreadsheets to tables in web pages or databases, you can paste any structured data with locations into our custom mapping tool. Here’s an example using the headquarters of companies ranked by G2 across several categories (including BatchGeo, in Vancouver, Washington!)

Start with a pretty normal-looking spreadsheet. You may even have an Excel document that looks like this! We added the G2 data to Google Sheets, with separate columns for each piece of information. Most important are columns for city, state, country—or other location data.

You can make your map successfully with just a city or even ZIP code, but mapping accuracy will increase the more information you provide. For example, do you have a list of sales prospects or customers with addresses? You can create a sales map from your data. For our map of G2 winners, we copied and pasted the spreadsheet data into BatchGeo and the mapping tool did the rest.

View 2022 Best Software Awards #1 winners in a full screen map

To try creating your own, see our post on how to prepare your data for a map.

Gain More Insights From Your Maps

Once mapped, trends you may have otherwise missed in “spreadsheet mode” become clearer.

For example, we can see that the G2 list contains 13 U.S. companies, including six based in California, and two in both Washington and Massachusetts. Outside of the U.S., brands headquartered in Australia, Austria, France, and Israel also made the 2022 list of the Best Software Products.

For most users, our free version provides more than enough insight into your data. You’ll see your data points spread out on an easy-to-navigate Google Map. You can choose the colors and shapes of your map’s markers to match your content, adjust your map’s style, and cluster hundreds of markers together.

However, if your mapping needs are higher (think 25,000 markers per map), our Pro plan is available and includes the option for heat maps and more advanced features.

Get started now for free and start seeing your data differently.