History of the Summer Olympics

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Statista Dossier on the history of the Summer Olympic Games

This dossier presents a range of statistics relating to the modern Summer Olympic Games, which are seen by many as the most prestigious event in the world of sport. A total of 28 Summer Olympic Games have been held since 1896, gradually growing in scale and diversity since this time, as well as increasing in terms of cost, popularity and revenue. This dossier includes data relating to medal tallies, participation, viewership and economic aspects of the games.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Total number of medals won in the Summer Olympics per country and by color 1896-2016

    • Number of athletes at the Summer Olympics by gender 1896-2016

    • Number of events at the Summer Olympics by gender 1896-2016

    • Number of participating countries in the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

  • 2. Medals
    • Average number of medals won per game in the Summer Olympics per country 1896-2016

    • Average number of medals won per capita in the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Medal progression of the most successful countries at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Medal progression of select European countries at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Medal progression of select non-European countries at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Number of stripped medals at the Summer Olympics per country and by color 1968-2016

    • Number of stripped medals at the Summer Olympics per year and by color 1968-2016

  • 3. Athletes and records
    • Number of glod medals won at the Olympic Games 1896-2016, by athlete

    • Distribution of male and female athletes at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Distribution of male and female events at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Gold medal times in the 100m sprint at the Summer Olympics, 1896-2016

    • Gold medal times in the marathon at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

    • Current Olympic Records set in athletic events by year 1968-2016

    • Average speed during Olympic Records in athletic events (in km/h) 1980-2016

  • 4. Viewership
    • Olympic Games: number of broadcasting countries and territories 1936-2016

    • Olympic Games: TV viewership worldwide 2002-2016

    • Olympic Summer Games: percentage of tickets sold 1984-2016

    • Olympic Summer Games: total number of host broadcast feed hours 1998-2016

    • Viewers of the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in the U.S. 1988-2016

    • U.S. TV ratings of the Summer Olympics opening ceremony 1972-2016

  • 5. Cost and revenue
    • Summer Olympic Games sports-related costs 1964-2016

    • Olympic Summer Games - revenue generated from domestic sponsorships 1996-2016

    • Olympic Games revenue generated from ticketing 1993-2016

    • Olympic Games: revenue of the OCOGs sponsorship programs 2016

    • Olympic Games: broadcast rights fees 2016, by region

    • Summer Olympic Games broadcast revenue 1960-2016

    • Olympic Games total revenue from marketing activities 1993-2016

    • Olympic Summer Games: revenue from ticket sales to OCOG 2016

    • Licensing revenue Olympic Summer Games 1988-2016

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