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U.S. States That Have Hosted the Olympics

Five states have hosted the Summer or Winter Olympics. Can you name them in 45 seconds?
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Last updated: October 4, 2022
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First submittedOctober 4, 2022
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Summer
1904
Missouri
1932
California
1984
1996
Georgia
2028
California
Winter
1932
New York
1960
California
1980
New York
2002
Utah
21 Comments
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Level 69
Sep 8, 2023
Some fun facts now that this quiz has been featured:

- Chicago was originally slated to host the 1904 Olympics, but the organizers of the St. Louis World's Fair threatened to create their own, better sports event unless the games were moved.

- Despite bidding for the Olympics seven times, Detroit has never hosted it. In fact, the city declined an invite to bid in 2013 due to their near-bankruptcy.

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Level 65
Sep 8, 2023
Congrats on the feature!
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Level 69
Sep 8, 2023
Thanks!
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Level 92
Sep 8, 2023
Got them all on the first try in 6 seconds. That has to be a personal record.
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Level 63
Sep 8, 2023
Wow! YOU DID THIS! Congratulations with first featured 🎉
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Level 63
Sep 8, 2023
Hah, I tried to write Illinois for 30 seconds. Why I was thinking that St. Louis in Illinois? The mystery of the world...
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2023
East St. Louis is in Illinois. Different city just across the border. East Chicago is also a city in Indiana, just across the Illinois border. And of course Kansas City is in Missouri, just across the border from Kansas City, Kansas. What the hell?
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Level 83
Sep 8, 2023
Congrats on your first featured quiz! Fun one too. :)
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2023
Wow congrats Qyz
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Level 84
Sep 8, 2023
Continuing with the first fun fact:

Despite "winning" the right to host those Olympics by threatening to create a better sports event, St. Louis treated the Olympics as a sideshow at best.

The games spanned 5 months, with the events being nothing more but an additional attraction for the World's Fair.

Furthermore, in alignment with the "human zoos" that were a staple during those times' World's Fairs, non-white people were only allowed to compete in the "Anthropology Days", a couple of days with events exclusive to them.

If that wasn't enough, the Marathon was a story in itself. I'm running out of space, so I'll drop this absolutely pretty good gem of a video, so you can watch that story.

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Level 69
Jan 14, 2024
Jon Bois... Jon Bois... Jon Bois...
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Level 69
Sep 8, 2023
Thanks for the congratulations, all. 🙏
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Level 84
Sep 9, 2023
I James Bond'ed this one.
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Level 69
Sep 9, 2023
Fun quiz! I thought about Squaw Valley for quite some time before I started. That one popped in nicely though. Thought I had to hammer in states with winters there...
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Level 77
Sep 11, 2023
Loved it. Nice to have an easy quiz once in a while. Got them all in about 9 seconds :-)
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Level 61
Sep 26, 2023
Another fun fact: Denver won the bid for the 1976 Winter Olympics. However, after they had won the bid, the people of Denver had voted not to fund the Olympic games, so the city withdrew. It is the only case where a city withdrew from hosting after they had already won the bid.
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Level 67
Sep 26, 2023
Now this is good trivia.
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Level 46
Mar 24, 2024
I guess that also answers many people's questions about why SLC hosted it at all. Denver withdrew in the past so they chose Denvers twin. I don't think it's that weird but I live in Utah so idk.
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Level 61
Sep 26, 2023
congrats
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Level 75
Sep 26, 2023
Good quiz, and lots of tasty trivia in the comments!
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Level 67
Dec 6, 2023
Good quiz. I had to take it again due to a false start.