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ATLANTA 1996
14 May 1996 : General view of the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta 1996

Games of the XXVI Olympiad

The 1996 Games were given a dramatic start when the cauldron was lit by Muhammad Ali. On 27 July during a concert held in the Centennial Olympic Park, a terrorist bomb killed one person and injured a further 110 people, but the Atlanta Games are best remembered for their sporting achievements. A record-setting 79 nations won medals and 53 won gold. Carl Lewis became only the third person to win the same individual event four times and the fourth person to earn a ninth gold medal. Naim Suleymanoglu became the first weightlifter to win a third gold medal. Michael Johnson smashed the 200m world record to complete a 200m and 400m double.





Participation:
197 NOCs (Nations)

10,318 athletes (3,512 women, 6,806 men)

271 events

47,466 volunteers

15,108 media (5,695 written press, 9,413 broadcasters)

CEREMONIES

Celebration in the Olympic Stadium for the Centenary Games.

Official opening of the Games by: President Bill Clinton

Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Muhammad Ali (boxing)

Olympic Oath by: Teresa Edwards (basketball)

Official Oath by: Hobie Billingsly (diving)

Relive the opening ceremony

HIGHLIGHTS

Marie-José Pérec (FRA-athletics) won the 200m and then broke the 400m Olympic record, thus achieving the best performance for ten years. She became the most successful French female athlete of all time and the first sportswoman to win the Olympic title over 400m twice consecutively.


Discover Marie-José Pérec's biography

DID YOU KNOW?

Next to the site of the main competition venues was an open area known as the Centennial Olympic Park. The park appeared to be part of the Games, but was not actually a part of the Olympic security system. In the early hours of 27 July, a bomb exploded in the park, killing one person and injuring 110.

PHOTO GALLERY

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KEY FACTS

Opening date: 19 July 1996

Closing date: 04 August 1996

Country of the host city: United States of America (USA)

Candidate cities:
Athens (GRE), Belgrade (YUG), Manchester (GBR), Melbourne (AUS) and Toronto (CAN)

Sports:
26

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ATHLETES

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Tadahiro NOMURATadahiro NOMURA
Judo (JPN)

Young-Ah GILYoung-Ah GIL
Badminton (KOR)

ELECTIONS

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OLYMPIC RESULTS

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