Atlanta, 1996

  • DATE:- 19 JUL - 04 AUG
  • ATHLETES:- 10318
  • COUNTRIES:- 197
  • EVENTS:- 271
  • The 1996 Games were given a dramatic and emotional start when the cauldron was lit by sporting legend Muhammad Ali.
  • However, on 27 July tragedy struck when a terrorist bomb exploded in the Centennial Olympic Park. 2 were dead and 110 people were injured.
  • For the first time in Olympic history, all 197 recognised National Olympic Committees were represented at the Games.
  • Beach volleyball, mountain biking, lightweight rowing and women's football made their first appearance.
  • Sailor Hubert Raudaschl (AUT) became the first person ever to compete in nine Olympic Games.
  • Athletes from a record-breaking 79 countries won medals and 53 countries won gold medals.
  • A women-only sport was introduced: Softball.
  • Originally called “Whatizit”, than the mascot was changed to Izzy.

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