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Where Were the Last Olympics Held?

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The most recent Olympic games were the 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The games took place between Aug. 5-21, 2016. the Games featured participation from 207 countries, and included 306 events. 11,238 individual athletes took part in the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Where Were the Last Olympics Held?
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Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009. The city beat out Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo in the voting process, winning a majority of 66 votes over Madrid in the third and last round of voting.

Rio de Janeiro was the first ever South American city to host the Olympic Games, and Brazil the first Portuguese-speaking host country. The 2016 Games were also the first Games since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first Olympic Games since 2000 to take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

Event venues in the 2016 Rio Olympics were located in four zones throughout the city: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracan√£. These zones were connected by a high-speed transport train, built specifically for the 2016 Games.

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