1996 Summer Olympics

Games of the XXVI Olympiad, held in Atlanta in 1996

The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, were held in Atlanta, United States from July 19 to August 4.

Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Host cityAtlanta, Georgia, United States
MottoThe Celebration of the Century
Nations197
Athletes10,320 (6,797 men, 3,523 women)
Events271 in 26 sports (37 disciplines)
OpeningJuly 19
ClosingAugust 4
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumCentennial Olympic Stadium
Summer
Barcelona 1992 Sydney 2000
Winter
Lillehammer 1994 Nagano 1998

Centennial Olympic Park bombingEdit

Eric Rudolph, a Christian fundamentalist, bombed the Centennial Olympic Park on July 27.[2] Alice Hawthorne was killed in the explosion when a nail from the bomb penetrated her skull. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish cameraman, had a fatal heart attack while running to the scene.[3] The bomb wounded 111 others.

Medal tableEdit

These were the top 10 teams at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[4]

Key

   *   Host nation (United States)

1996 Summer Olympics medal table
 Rank  NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States (USA)* 44 32 25 101
2   Russia (RUS) 26 21 16 63
3   Germany (GER) 20 18 27 65
4   China (CHN) 16 22 12 50
5   France (FRA) 15 7 15 37
6   Italy (ITA) 13 10 12 35
7   Australia (AUS) 9 9 23 41
8   Cuba (CUB) 9 8 8 25
9   Ukraine (UKR) 9 2 12 23
10   South Korea (KOR) 7 15 5 27

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 International Olympic Committee (October 9, 2014). "Factsheet - Opening Ceremony of the Games of the Olympiad". Press release. https://stillmed.olympic.org/Documents/Reference_documents_Factsheets/Opening_ceremony_of_the_Games_of_the_Olympiad.pdf. Retrieved December 22, 2018. 
  2. Brown, Aaron & Harris, Art (7 February 2007). "The Hunt for Eric Rudolph". CNN Presents. CNN. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  3. Jacobs, Jeff (28 July 1996). "In Atlanta, Fear Roams Hand In Hand With Anger". Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  4. "Medal count for the 1996 Summer Olympics". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 22 November 2011.