Games of the 26 Olympiad,1996
Begin1996-07-19
End1996-08-04
Nations197
Participants10318
Women3512
Events271
CityAtlanta, USA
  • In 1996 the world celebrated the 100th birthday of the modern Olympic Movement and many in the IOC felt that the Olympic games should return to Athens, Greece - their birthplace.
  • Athens, Greece with five other candidate cities vying to host Centennial Olympic games - Atlanta, USA, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Manchester, Great Britain, Melbourne, Australia and Toronto, Canada.
  • In September 1990, at the 96th IOC session in Tokyo, the Games of the 26 Olympiad were awarded to Atlanta, USA.
Atlanta 1996 - Medal Table
1. USA
44
32
25
2. Russia
25
21
16
3. Germany
20
18
27
4. China
16
22
12
5. France
15
7
15
6. Italy
13
10
12
9
9
23
8. Cuba
9
9
8
9. Ukraine
9
2
12
10. Korea
7
15
5
11. Poland
7
5
5
12. Hungary
7
4
10
13. Spain
5
6
6
14. Romania
4
7
9
4
5
10
16. Greece
4
4
0
4
3
4
4
3
0
19. Denmark
4
1
1
19. Turkey
4
1
1
21. Canada
3
11
8
22. Bulgaria
3
7
5
23. Japan
3
6
5
3
4
4
25. Brazil
3
3
9
3
2
1
3
1
1
28. Ireland
3
0
1
29. Sweden
2
4
2
30. Norway
2
2
3
31. Belgium
2
2
2
32. Nigeria
2
1
3
33. DPRK
2
1
2
34. Algeria
2
0
1
34. Ethiopia
2
0
1
1
8
6
37. Belarus
1
6
8
38. Kenya
1
4
3
39. Jamaica
1
3
2
40. Finland
1
2
1
41. Indonesia
1
1
2
1
1
2
43. Iran
1
1
1
43. Slovakia
1
1
1
45. Armenia
1
1
0
45. Croatia
1
1
0
47. Portugal
1
0
1
47. Thailand
1
0
1
49. Burundi
1
0
0
1
0
0
49. Ecuador
1
0
0
49. Hong Kong
1
0
0
49. Syria
1
0
0
54. Argentina
0
2
1
55. Namibia
0
2
0
55. Slovenia
0
2
0
57. Austria
0
1
2
58. Malaysia
0
1
1
58. Moldova
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
1
0
61. Bahamas
0
1
0
61. Taiwan
0
1
0
61. Latvia
0
1
0
0
1
0
61. Tonga
0
1
0
61. Zambia
0
1
0
68. Georgia
0
0
2
68. Morocco
0
0
2
71. India
0
0
1
71. Israel
0
0
1
71. Lithuania
0
0
1
71. Mexico
0
0
1
71. Mongolia
0
0
1
0
0
1
71. Tunisia
0
0
1
71. Uganda
0
0
1
Games of the 26 Olympiad,1996 - Some interesting facts
  • The President of the USA Bill Clinton officially opened the Games of the 26 Olympiad at the 85,000-seat Olympic stadium and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who was ill with Parkinson's disease, lit the Olympic flame.
  • On the ninth day of the Games during a concert held in the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park a bomb explosion killed one person and injured more than a hundred people.
  • For the first time in Olympic history, all the recognized National Olympic Committees took part in the Olympic games.
Atlanta's Olympic Glory
Poster and Medals