Attempts: 1944, 1948, 1960
Olympic Connection: One reason Lausanne has been passed over as a host city is that it has served as the headquarters for the International Olympic Committee since 1915, gaining the title of “Olympic Capital” in 1994. It is also home to the Olympic Museum, which houses the largest archive of Olympic Games in the world, including displays of Olympic torches and medals.
Get Your Sports Fix: Take your pick from soccer, played in Olympic Stadium (July to May, with a winter break), hockey (September to April), and volleyball (October to April). Lausanne also regularly hosts national and international sporting events, such as the Athletissima international track and field tournament.