THE 2008 GAMES<< Back to Intro
Hosted summer Olympics twice before, last time in 1924.
Events staged in spectacular settings: Beach volleyball under Eiffel Tower, marathon course around Arc de Triomphe and Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Several established venues: Stade de France (football), Roland Garros (tennis), Longchamp (equestrian).
IOC Evaluation: "Excellent bid" and an "attractive option".