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 Ten

1 London 2012 (United Kingdom)

Universally agreed by all nations competing as the best

A spectacular Olympics that saw fantastic sporting moments.

Best organised. Best atmosphere

Best organised and opening ceremony

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2 Sydney 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

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

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3 Beijing 2008 (In 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).

Best open ceremony ever shown in this planet!

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

There are too many unfair Westerners here, they can not accept a non-Western countries held such a successful Olympic Games.

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4 Athens 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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5 Barcelona 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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6 Rio 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

I got really bored with London 2012's opening and closing ceremonies, I was more interested to watch Rio's opening and closing ceremonies than London's

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.

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7 Seoul 1988 (South Korea)

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

The olympics that reunited almost all of the countries after the other countries boycotted 1980 and 1984 summer olympics

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

True to its slogan. Harmony and Progress.

8 Atlanta 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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9 Montreal 1976 (In Canada)

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

10 Los 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

11 Tokyo 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!

Bring on PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020!

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12 Rome 1960 (In Italy)
13 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

14 Mexico 1968 (Mexico) V 1 Comment
15 Moscow 1980 (Russia/USSR) V 1 Comment
16 Melbourne 1956 (Australia)

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

17 Athens 1896 (Greece)
18 Amsterdam 1928 (The Netherlands) V 1 Comment
19 Vancouver 2028 (Canada)

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

20 Berlin 1936 (Germany)

Huge olympics for black athletes.

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