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"Remember this year? Oh, one of my favourite years and one of my favourite arena's.The use of the rubble, the ruined city, very exciting. And this moment here, this moment is a moment you'll never forget. The moment when a tribute becomes a victor."
Caesar Flickerman on that years game[src]
The 73rd Hunger Games took place 1 year prior to the start of the series. These Hunger Games were won by an unknown boy from District 2 who was sixteen years old.

Pre-Games

Effie mentioned that both tributes from District 12 ate like savages and had no sense of etiquette or manners. This angered Katniss, as both were from the Seam and therefore they had never had a decent meal in their lives. Katniss mentions that Caesar's hair and make-up color was crimson and appeared to be bleeding.

Games

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The District 2 boy killing the District 10 boy making him the victor

The 73rd Hunger Games seemed to be set in a ruined city; Caesar comments that the arena was one of his "favorites." These games were won by a career tribute who, in the film Katniss watched, is seen killing another tribute by bludgeoning the remaining tribute, a sixteen year old boy from District 10 with a brick.

Known Tributes

  • District 12 female
  • District 12 male
  • District 10 male
  • District 2 male (Victor)

Trivia

  • Katniss also mentioned in The Hunger Games that she remembered a Game from when she was younger where tributes had to bludgeon each other with spiked maces as they were the only available weapons. Considering the tributes' outfits this year consisted of an armored undershirt, this probably meant conventional weapons were not offered in these games since everyone had body protection. It is possible that in the film, this is Games she mentioned.
  • It is possible that that years victor was called Wade Rankine because a list of victors can be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 during Peeta's rescue and Wade Rankine is the last listed name for District 2.
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