The last time the Games took place on American soil was in 2002, when the Winter Games took place in Salt Lake City. Before that, the most recent Games hosted in the U.S. were in Atlanta during the summer of 1996.
According to the AP, this year marks the first time in history the IOC, which also announced the Paris 2024 Summer Games, has granted two Summer Olympics at once.
The decision came after deliberations in which Pyeongchang and Los Angeles were the final two cities considered for the 2024 Summer Games, and the IOC “couldn’t bear to see either lose,” the AP reported.
A general view of signage Beijing's bid for the Winter Olympics logo during the Chinese Lantern Festival on February 11, 2017 in Zhangjiakou, China. Chinese cities Beijing and Zhangjiakou won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)