IOC lines up French Alps to host 2030 Winter Olympics and Salt Lake City for 2034 edition

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, two American track and field athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who finished first and third in the 200 metres, performed the Black Power salute on the victory stand. The second-place finisher, Peter Norman of Australia, wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of Smith and Carlos. In response to the protest, IOC president Avery Brundage ordered Smith and Carlos suspended from the US team and banned from the Olympic Village. When the US Olympic Committee refused, Brundage threatened to ban the entire US track team. The action was Čáslavská’s silent protest against the recent Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Her protest was repeated when she accepted her medal for her floor exercise routine when the judges changed the preliminary scores of the Soviet Larisa Petrik to allow her to tie with Čáslavská for the gold.

In individual Olympic events the award for first place is a gold medal, for second place a silver medal, and for third place a bronze medal. Diplomas are awarded for fourth through eighth places, and all competitors and officials receive a commemorative medal. The 1906 Athens games were the first of an alternating series of games to be held in Athens in even non-Olympic years, but the series failed to materialise. The games were more successful than the 1900 and 1904 games, with over 850 athletes competing, and contributed positively to the success of future games. The price jumps are a sharp reversal from a now-abandoned plan by the French National Olympic and Sports Committee to make public transportation free for those who hold tickets to Olympic events, as London did in 2012.

  • Salt Lake City being preferred as a shoo-in to host the 2034 Winter Olympics was expected.
  • The 1906 Athens games were the first of an alternating series of games to be held in Athens in even non-Olympic years, but the series failed to materialise.
  • The main airports will be closed that evening during the ceremony for security reasons, said Laurent Nuñez, a top Paris police official, in a news conference on Wednesday.
  • The atmosphere at the Games was marred, however, when a bomb exploded during the celebration in Centennial Olympic Park.

The most recent loss was with Stockholm in 2019 when IOC members chose Italy’s Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo for 2026. It would be the fourth time France has hosted a Winter Olympics, after Chamonix in 1924, Grenoble in 1968 and Albertville in 1992. The Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games are each held every four years.


With nearly 10 million people expected to throng the streets of Paris during the Olympics this summer, visitors already knew getting around the city would be a challenge. The 26-year-old suspect, a French national arrested after the attack, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video recorded beforehand, anti-terrorism Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Sunday. That fits with the IOC’s modern insistence on Olympic hosts using existing or temporary venues to avoid construction costs that typically run over budget.

However, it is generally believed that the Games had been going on for many years by that time. Legend has it that Heracles (the Roman Hercules), son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene, founded the Games, which by the end of the 6th century B.C had become the most famous of all Greek sporting festivals. At the meeting in 776 bce there was apparently only one event, a footrace that covered one length of the track at Olympia, but other events were added over the ensuing decades. The word stade also came to refer to the track on which the race was held and is the origin of the modern English word stadium. In 724 bce a two-length race, the diaulos, roughly similar to the 400-metre race, was included, and four years later the dolichos, a long-distance race possibly comparable to the modern 1,500- or 5,000-metre events, was added. The latter was an all-around competition consisting of five events—the long jump, the javelin throw, the discus throw, a footrace, and wrestling.

The Club World Championship comes to India at a time that could be phrased as the “golden era 2.0” of Indian volleyball. The various Olympic Sports federations are grouped under a common umbrella association, called the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

And as for the bouquinistes, their argument that the real aim of the authorities is to get rid of them is simply not believable. The bookish antiquarians may be held in public affection, but they are not going to stop the Olympics’ first ever fluvial overture. The multiple police perimeters and all the bureaucratic procedures for exemptions are admittedly complicated (and so French!) and people will have to get their heads around them. But they got their heads around the gilets jaunes (yellow-vest) protests and the Covid restrictions, so it’s hard to believe they won’t manage this time. She is also the sworn enemy of both the sports minister and the (conservative) head of the Ile-de-France region, who has responsibility for suburban rail.

Winning a bid to host the Olympic Games has been considered a major boon for any city, but not all agree. Proponents believe that hosting the Olympic Games can increase valuable tourism, boost local economies, and grow a host country’s global trade and stature. Others maintain, however, that the Olympics are a financial drain on host cities and force them to create expensive infrastructure and buildings that fall into disuse. In the first Olympic Games without Michael Phelps on Team USA since 1996, a host of other American swimmers have risen to the occasion and made their own spotlight in Tokyo. There are four medals on the line Friday night with Caeleb Dressel racing the 100-meter butterfly after setting an Olympic record in qualifying.

The host nation won 29 gold medals, the best haul for Great Britain since the 1908 Games in London. The United States returned to the top of the medal table after China dominated in 2008. The London Games were successful on a commercial level because they were the first in history to completely sell out every ticket, with as many as 1 million applications for 40,000 tickets for both the Opening Ceremony and the 100m Men’s Sprint Final. Such was the demand for tickets to all levels of each event that there was controversy over seats being set aside for sponsors and National Delegations which went unused in the early days. A system of reallocation was put in place so the empty seats were filled throughout the Games. Politics again intervened at the 1972 Games in Munich, but this time with lethal consequences.