more about some of the countries that participate
in the Olympics. Our Parade of Nations highlights
many of the countries that have hosted the
Olympics in the past.
Countries (past hosts of Olympic Games)
For more information on past hosts go to
There are 202 National
Olympic Committees represented at the
International level. They are organized
using the 5 continents. During the the
opening ceremony of the Olympic Games traditionally,
eight people carry in the Olympic flag.
Five of these flag bearers represent the
continents, while the other three stand
for the Olympic ideals.