Q:

How often do the Summer Olympics occur?

A:

Quick Answer

The Summer Olympics occur every four years and are organized by the International Olympic Committee. Both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games take place at four year intervals, with the two alternating every two years.

Know More
How often do the Summer Olympics occur?
Credit: Ben Stansall AFP Getty Images

Full Answer

The inaugural Summer Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. As of 2014, the most recent Summer Olympics were hosted by London, England, in 2012 and included more than 200 participating nations. The next two events are slated for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Tokyo, Japan, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. In the history of the Summer Games, the United States has won more medals than any other country.

Learn more about Olympics
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How often do the Olympics take place?

    A:

    The summer and winter Olympic Games are each held every four years. A decision by the International Olympic Committee in 1986 placed the two events, which had been held during the same year every four years for decades, on separate cycles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long are the Olympics?

    A:

    The modern summer and winter Olympic Games stretch across 16 or 17 consecutive days of competition. The summer games generally feature more countries competing in more events, because countries with a lack of cold weather often do not participate in the winter games.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long have the Olympics been going on?

    A:

    The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, while the ancient Olympic Games were played between 776 B.C. and 393 A.D. The ancient Olympic Games were founded by Heracles, according to legend. The games were abolished by Roman emperor, Theodosius I, due to perceived Pagan influences.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do Olympians get paid?

    A:

    Olympic athletes do not receive any money from the International Olympic Committee, but some countries give athletes bonus pay for receiving a medal. In 2012, U.S. Olympians received $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore