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1996 Summer Olympics
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1996 Summer Olympics

See also: 1996 Summer Paralympics
The Games of the XXVI Olympiad were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Atlanta was selected in 1990 above Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto. Athens had hoped to organise the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games. The IOC's vote for Atlanta was therefore slightly surprising, however the reasoning was that Athens' infrastructure could not be improved enough in time to successfully host the Games.

It was regarded by some as one of the least successful of the modern games. The problem of traffic congestion sometimes made travel between venues difficult. There were complaints at how omnipresent the advertising was, with Coca-Cola especially being marketed on every available surface. Also during the games, the Centennial Olympic Park bombing took place on July 27, 1996 killing Alice Hawthorne and wounding 111 others, and eliciting the death of Melih Uzunyol by heart attack. In his closing speech, Juan Antonio Samaranch, head of the IOC, for the first time did not describe the games as being the "best ever".

Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Nations participating197
Athletes participating10,320 (6,797 men, 3,523 women)
Events271 in 26 sports
Opening ceremoniesJuly 19, 1996
Closing ceremoniesAugust 4, 1996
Officially opened byPresident Bill Clinton
Athlete's OathTeresa Edwards
Judge's Oath:Hobie Billingsly
Olympic TorchMuhammad Ali

Table of contents
1 Highlights
2 Medals awarded
3 Medal count
4 References

Highlights

(to be expanded to a day-by-day article)

Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

Medal count

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PosCountry GoldSilver BronzeTotal
1United States
 44
3225101
2Russia26 211663
3Germany20 182765
4China 162212 50
5France15 71537
6Italy13 101235
7Australia9 92341
8Cuba9 8825
9Ukraine9 21223
10South Korea7 15527
11Poland7 5517
12Hungary7 41021
13Spain5 6617
14Romania4 7920
15Netherlands4 51019
16Greece4 408
17Czech Republic 434 11
18Switzerland4 307
19Denmark4 116
19Turkey4 116
21Canada3 11822
22Bulgaria3 7515
23Japan3 6514
24Kazakhstan3 4411
25Brazil3 3915
26New Zealand3 216
27South Africa
 3
115
28Ireland 301 4
29Sweden2 428
30Norway2 237
31Belgium2 226
32Nigeria2 136
33North Korea2 125
34Algeria2 013
34Ethiopia2 013
36United Kingdom 186 15
37Belarus1 6815
38Kenya1 438
39Jamaica1 326
40Finland1 214
41Indonesia1 124
41Yugoslavia1 124
43Iran1 113
43Slovakia1 113
45Armenia1 102
45Croatia1 102
47Portugal1 012
47Thailand1 012
49Burundi1 001
49Costa Rica1 001
49Ecuador1 001
49Hong Kong1 001
49Syria1 001
54Argentina0 213
55Namibia0 202
55Slovenia0 202
57Austria0 123
58Malaysia0 112
58Moldova0 112
58Uzbekistan0 112
61Azerbaijan0 101
61Bahrain0 101
61Latvia0 101
61Philippines0 101
61Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan)
010 1
61Tonga0 101
61Zambia0 101
68Georgia 002 2
68Morocco0 022
68Trinidad and Tobago 002 2
71India0 011
71Israel0 011
71Lithuania0 011
71Mexico0 011
71Mongolia0 011
71Mozambique0 011
71Puerto Rico0 011
71Tunisia0 011
71Uganda0 011

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