Top Ten Greatest Summer Olympics

What edition was the greatest in your opinion from the greatest competition of the world - the Summer Olympics?

The Top TenXW

1London 2012 (United Kingdom)

Universally agreed by all nations competing as the best

A spectacular Olympics that saw fantastic sporting moments.

Best organised. Best atmosphere

Those games where fantastic.

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2Sydney 2000 (In Australia)

Best weather, best people, no problems, laid back

Sydney's olympics was the best because the pool was in good condition and the time keeping was well done and the commentators were great.

I loved these games, friendly, great atmosphere. It shows what a great job London did because until the London games didn't believe it could be beaten

Greatest of all times

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3Beijing 2008 (In China)

The Chinese may have had 14-year-old gymnasts, fake fireworks, etc. , but there was good athletes there like Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, Ryan Lochte, Nastia Luikin, Natalie Coughlin and that Bolt guy from Jamaica. - drpeppersnapple

Best open ceremony ever shown in this planet!

In my opinion and I think most of you will agree with me that despite against all odds, it was the best games ever and it surpassed all previous games in almost all the fields

And this city is going to host 2022 winter olympics 14 years after 2008!

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4Athens 2004 (In Greece)

This opening ceremony is unsurpassed. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

Security was flawless, construction was on time, no major issues reported, birthplace of the movement and a beautiful opening ceremony.

Most incredible opening ceremony. Loved seeing Acropolis lit up at night. Truly amazing!

Very emotional

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5Barcelona 1992 (In Spain)

Dream Team. Summer Sanders. US Swimming was solid. All in all just a solid and very memorable games!

This and Sydney 2000 did much better for the country. 1992 made Spain's image and popularity skyrocket around the world

Most dramatic opening ceremony. Most beautiful backdrop for the games

The best Olympic Games Of the would. A city with soul of country.

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6Rio 2016 (Brazil)

Amazing games despite all fear created by international media. Great venues, breathtaking open ceremony and unforgettable characters. Rio was the best seed since Sidney.

I'm not Brazilian but screw those ignorant pathetic dumb people who said Rio's opening and closing ceremonies were awful...i slept during London 2012 opening ceremony

Improved the city's infrastructure and had the real participation of the people. Not just a media event.

Were not a disaster and venues will not become white elephants

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7Atlanta 1996 (In Usa)

There were better Olympics, but Atlanta pulled it off very well.
Opening / Closing Ceremonies Rocked! Competitions were intense. The City suffered from lackluster Architecture & some logistical problems, but we overshadowed by the Games themselves. The Bombing was tragic, but to blame Atlanta is like blaming the victim of a murder. I think Atlanta deserves more love than it got.

Great city to bad there won't be another one here for a long time

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8Seoul 1988 (South Korea)

Last Olympics with the amazing drama between the United States and the USSR makes it amazing

This was the historical game with re-united between West and East nations.

9Montreal 1976 (In Canada)

14 year old Nadia Comaneci scores first perfect ten and wins three Olympic gold medals.

10Los Angeles 1984 (In Usa)

Use of existing stadiums and arenas. No need to build new ones. Green olympics before being green was cool.

The Contenders

11London 1948 (United Kingdom)

A struggling world, devastated, damaged empty, just three years after the end of world war 2 a city moved out of the rubble and reignited the flaming passion for sport everyone has deep down.

The world moved on from horror, and London helped that process. The simple Olympics.

Helped put the world back on it's feet!

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12Rome 1960 (In Italy)
13Mexico 1968 (Mexico)V1 Comment
14Tokyo 2020 (Japan)

People say that this is going to be the most Geekiest olympics of all times since something epic is going to happen at the 2020 games in Tokyo, Japan

Hopefully they will put up a great opening and closing ceremonies!

I'm excited for their handover ceremony at Rio 2016 closing ceremony!

From what I've been hearing, they plan to do a Meteor shower for their opening which is pretty sweet!

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15Moscow 1980 (Russia/USSR)V1 Comment
16Melbourne 1956 (Australia)

First time ever athletes paraded as one nation in the closing ceremony..a stiring memory

17Athens 1896 (Greece)
18Berlin 1936 (Germany)

Huge olympics for black athletes.

19Amsterdam 1928 (The Netherlands)V1 Comment
20Vancouver 2028 (Canada)

Who knew that would come? Nobody! Well, even Vancouverites believe there to be a Vancouver Summer Olympics.

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