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Montreal, Canada (1976)

Bidding Contenders: Montreal, Moscow, Los Angeles

Highlights:
The games were opened by Queen Elizabeth II, and women's basketball, handball and rowing were introduced for the first time. Female gymnast Nadia Comaneci of Romania scored 7 "perfect 10s" and won three gold medals. The city's Olympic stadium, which was actually not completed until after the games, brought with it a $1.5 billion debt to the city, which was finally repaid in late 2006.

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