I have been working on my guesses for this for the past three days. It was the perfect way to procrastinate from studying for finals!
Candidates: Athens, Atlanta, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, Toronto
Athens is elected the host of the 1996, narrowly beating out Atlanta 51-35. Due to budget concerns and construction of venues and infrastructure falling far behind, the IOC revokes the 1996 games from Athens and places them in 1984 host, Los Angeles in October of 1993.
Candidates: Aosta, Jaca, Nagano, Ostersund, Salt Lake City
After the United States was defeated in the 1996 bid, they came on strong with the 1998 bid with Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake City wins the bid in the first round of voting. Because of the 1996 games being put in Los Angeles, in October 1993, the USOC is forces to give up the 1998 Winter Games in November of 1993. The IOC places the 1998 Winter Games in 1976 host, Innsbruck, Austria.
Candidates: Beijing, Istanbul, New York, Sydney, Toronto
The election of the 2000 Summer Olympics was help in September of 1993, one month before the 1996 games were moved to Los Angeles. Many see Beijing as the initial front runner, but after the candidate city visits, Beijing receives a low score which all but kills their chances. New York, Sydney and Toronto are seen as the front runners with New York leading with a slight advantage. Istanbul is eliminated first, followed by Beijing. Sydney is eliminated in the third round leaving New York and Toronto in the final round. Toronto pulls a surprising defeat over New York in a 46-42 vote.
Candidates: Muju, Nagano, Ostersund, Salt Lake City, Sion
Going into the 104th IOC session, the IOC was split between two camps: Those who wanted to see Salt Lake City win, and those who thought that North America had hosted enough times already. In the end, Salt Lake City did not have enough support. Nagano defeats Sion in the final vote.
Candidates: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome, Stockholm, Sydney
After losing the 2000 by a surprise victory for Toronto, Sydney comes back with a stronger bid, but faces stiff competition from Rome. Despite the competition, Sydney defeats Rome in the final round.
2006: Candidates: Helsinki, Klagenfurt, Poprad-Tatry, Salt Lake City, Sion, Turin, Zakopane
Because no bribery scandal came out because of the 2002 Salt Lake bid, the weird 1999 candidate selection process never takes place. Helsinki, Salt Lake City, Sion and Turin become candidates. Salt Lake City wins by a narrow margin against Turin in the final round.
Candidates: Beijing, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris, Rome
Beijing comes in as the overwhelming favorite. Istanbul is eliminated in the first round, and Beijing wins the bid easily in the second round.
Candidates: Berne, Helsinki, Ostersund, Salzburg, Turin
After the 2002 games being awarded to Salt Lake City, Europe is seen as the favorite to win the 2010 games. The Salzburg bid is plagued from the beginning, such as the sliding center actually being in Germany. Before the final vote, Berne withdraws its bid due to low public support. Salzburg is eliminated in the first round, followed by Helsinki. In the final round, Ostersund pulls off a surprise victory over Turin by a narrow margin of 54-52.
Candidates: London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Rio de Janeiro
Because the 1996 games were moved out of Europe to North America, Europe is heavily favored to win the 2012 games. The United States does not submit a bid because North America hosted two games in a row fairly recently. Rio de Janeiro begins its campaign to get the first Olympics in South America and manages to get its self onto the short list. In the absence of the 2002 Salt Lake bribery scandal, the French are able to use this to their advantage. Moscow is dropped in the first round followed by Rio de Janeiro and Madrid. In the final round, Paris edges out London by a margin of 54-50.
Candidate: PyeongChang, Salzburg, Sochi, Vancouver
The Russians launch a grand and elaborate bid for the 2014 Winter Games, which some refer to as the “Winter Olympic Beijing.” The Canadians put forth a good effort, but many think it’s not enough. Once again, Salzburg is eliminated in the first round, followed by PyeongChang. In the final round, Sochi edges out Vancouver in a 49-47 margin. But a little bit over a year later, Russia invades South Ossetia, Georgia and international pressure forces the IOC to move the games to Vancouver in September 2008.
Candidates: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo
With the 2014 games recently being moved to Vancouver, Chicago went from being the favorite to win, to having no chance at all and is eliminated in the first round. Madrid is eliminated next due to the economic downturn. Rio expanded their bid plans for 2012 to bring the first Olympics to South America and is successful, defeating Tokyo 59-39.
Candidates: Annecy, Madrid, PyeongChang, Sochi
Sochi submits another bid after having the 2014 games revoked. Sochi is eliminated first because of the stigma of the 2014 games. Annecy is eliminated next because of the Paris 2012 victory. Munich defeats PyeongChang in the final round, 50-45.
Candidates: Istanbul, London, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo
Because of the Anti-gay legislation in Russia, the IOC suspends Russia’s membership, dropping Moscow as a candidate. Istanbul attempts to copy Rio 2016’s method of trying to get the first Olympics in the Arab World. In the first round, Madrid is dropped due to economic concerns, followed by Istanbul due to political tensions. London and Tokyo are left in the final round, with London beating out Tokyo 54-41.
1996: Athens (Los Angeles)
1998: Salt Lake City (Innsbruck)
2006: Salt Lake City
2014: Sochi (Vancouver)
2016: Rio de Janeiro