Top Ten Greatest Summer Olympic Games

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

The Top Ten

1 London 2012 (United Kingdom)

It was more than just an opening ceremony. It was 1 and a half islands coming together. It was more than just and English ceremony, as some said it would be. They brought together 4 nations who have not always been close. It represented the making of a country. Development, and memories.They commemorated the wars, and what happened afterwards.

The GOSH/NHS part was truly touching. It was a ceremony that showed what truly made a country. It did not focus on how some people were perfect. There was a deaf/hard of hearing choir that sung the national anthem. It truly represented a community made excellent not by everyone's perfection but by their differences and individual skills and how those came together to the true excellence of community. And the fireworks were real.

There were great facilities and an amazing atmosphere and amazing moments

It was like the Commonwealth Games on a grand scale. Superbly organized, great facilities and a real party atmosphere. The athletics stadium was packed to capacity on the first morning and runners with no chance, finishing half a lap behind the 2nd last were given a round of applause. Nearly everything was ready a year ahead and the opening ceremony which factions of the press expected to be a farce was an unequivocal triumph. I believe I am right in saying that in the chaotic run-up to 2016 that London was the first to be approached to bail them out if need be.

As an American, I guess its not very patriotic, but to me the best Olympics in my lifetime is definitely the London Games of 2012. Best volunteering, best venues, best ceremonies and best facilities. Loved every minute of it.

It was the most cohesive, definitive, glorious Games for Sport & the Olympic movement, with an incredible "world" atmosphere during the most challenging times internationally. Miraculously executed by the organisers, I was full of envy & admiration for the Brits.

2 Sydney 2000 (Australia)

Set the standard to which Beijjng and London attempted to mimic. Truly spectacular games with filled stadia, a gaggle of volunteers, polished organisation and an unequalled friendliness, sense of security and magical atmosphere. London experienced half filled venues, ordinary weather and security paranoia. How it is frequently labelled 'the best' Olympics (usually by Brits) is ridiculous.

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

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 believe Sydney had a fantastic Olympic Games. Clean and everything but still always the same old Sydney show ponies!

3 Beijing 2008 (China)

Those olympic games were amazing! Nothing will be quite the same after Beijing. The opening ceremony was an incredible feat. All other efforts to imitate it will be futile (well, the only possible serious contender will be Tokyo 2020 if they use all of their global soft power - manga characters, Japanese pop music and traditional festivals).

The first Olympics that were broadcast in HD hi-definition, the opening drum performance was most spectacular, and Chinese gold medal gymnast winner Li Ning "fly-walk" around the top of the stadium was never done before. If you seen the U.S. NBC broadcast at the end, even Bob Costa said this was the "most memorable Olympics" ever in his long Olympics experience.

Putting politics aside, it was the best olympic game, by a pretty big margin. Best infrustracture and organization, best ceremonies, most olympic records shattered, and loads of historical and memorable moments (Michael Phelps, Usain bolt...etc).

I think it's undisputable that Beijing had the best opening and closing ceremonies. Coupled with Bolt's and Phelp's rise to global recognition at this event, Beijing was certainly the most memorable Olympic Games for everyone

4 Barcelona 1992 (Spain)

Standing ovation for derek redmond as he crosses the line in tears of pain, propped up by his dad... Truly inspirational.
Not one country boycotted the games.
Derata tulu and elana meyer taking a lap of honor together... Black and white Africans arm in arm.
So many symbolic moments... Not just for sport but for world history!

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

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

Most dramatic opening ceremony. Most beautiful backdrop for the games

5 Athens 2004 (Greece)

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

The opening ceremony felt almost organic (natural without all that synchronization and mechanical movments).It was also a great surprise! a successful orginisation against all odds

The classiest and most sophisticated opening and closing ceremonies. They set the standard for future games.

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

6 Rio 2016 (Brazil)

Although the media did all they could to jeopardise the atmosphere at the games, there were only a few hiccups and the people really participated. 208 nations "lived under the same roof" respecting each other: it was amazing to see North and South Korea taking a selfie! ; north Korea at the podium with US! ; Hussain Bolt's happiness; the beautiful scenery of Rio and so many other mesmerising moments.

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

Amazing ceremonies from the Brazilians, great atmosphere of the games despite the concerns and controversies, and most importantly countries coming together under the same roof.

7 Seoul 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.

I pray that South Korea will do an another amazing opening and closing ceremony at PyeongChang 2018.

True to its slogan. Harmony and Progress.

8 Atlanta 1996 (United States)

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

When Kurt Angle won his gold medal.

Incredible Opening, The Greatest!

9 Montreal 1976 (Canada)

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

10 Tokyo 2020 (Japan)

I was excited to see what Pyeongchang 2018 did for their handover for at Sochi 2014 closing ceremony! Now I'm also excited to see what Tokyo 2020 will do for their handover 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!

Screw this Olympics and Beijing both complete utter crap. I'm more excited about 2018 winter olympics

Their handover ceremony at Rio totally blew London 2012's handover at Beijing out of this park!

The Contenders

11 Los Angeles 1984 (United States)

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

Wonderful olympics. Well run. Opening g and closing ceremonies were outstanding and very impressive.

Michael Jordan, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Edwin Moses, Mary Lou Retton, Evander Holyfield, need I say anymore.

12 Mexico 1968 (Mexico)

Probably one of the most politically moving Olympic Games. I’m surprised this wasn’t number one

13 Rome 1960 (Italy)

Abebe Bikila won marathon running without shoes.
Cassius Clay won gold on boxe.
Rome is Rome.

Muhammad Ali Games

14 London 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!

A boost after the war

15 Moscow 1980 (Russia/USSR)

The best olympics ever

The best ever

Fantastic Closing ceremony.

16 Berlin 1936 (Germany)

Huge olympics for black athletes.

Asthetics played a BIG role so yeah!

17 Vancouver 2028 (Canada)

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

Sorry but LA is hosting 2028

The 2028 Olynpics are in Los Angeles

18 Melbourne 1956 (Australia)

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

19 Athens 1896 (Greece)
20 Amsterdam 1928 (Netherlands)

Olav V of Norway won gold.

21 PyeongChang 2018 (South Korea)

Honestly this was the best summer Olympic games

This is winter olympics not summer lol

22 Tokyo 1964 (Japan)

The 1964 Summer Games were the first Olympics held in Asia.

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