Summer Olympics 1996 Atlanta
1996 was the year of the 100th anniversary of the I Olympic Games, so many viewed Athens as the main challenger of voting for choosing the capital of the Olympics. However XXVI Summer Olympic Games held in Atlanta (Georgia, USA). Since the Olympics was the anniversary, it became known as the 100-year-old Olympic Games.
The grand opening of the Summer Olympic Games held on 19 July 1996 at the Olympic Stadium, in front of which was built a special tower with a bowl of the Olympic flame. According to media reports, a direct translation of the ceremony, which was conducted by 170 television stations, looked about 3.5 billion people. The most important topics Record No ceremony was the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games, as well as the history of the American South and Atlanta. At the end of the opening ceremony performed the song "The Power of Dreams" performed by famous singer Celine Dion, written specially for the Olympics. There was also a colorful fireworks display. In Olympics athletes participated 197 countries, among which 271 awards have been played in 25 sports. For the first time the individual commands in the Summer Olympics were Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and others. At the Olympic Games in Atlanta debut women's football, beach volleyball, softball, rowing race in the lightweight crews and mountain biking. The Russian national team in 1996 for the first time acted as an independent country at the Summer Games. Took 2nd place in the unofficial team standings, the Russian team lost to the US team. Russian athletes took 26 gold, 21 silver and 16 bronze medals. Most medals national team brought fencers, swimmers, athletes and wrestlers. Organization of the Summer Olympics in 1996 was subjected to considerable criticism on the part of athletes, officials and journalists. Especially criticized failures in the information systems, the incompetence of volunteers, problems with traffic management, as well as excessive kommertsializovannost Olympics. An important incident was the explosion in the Olympic Park, which occurred on July 27 and at the time overshadowed the Olympic events. As a result, explosive bomb, planted by a terrorist killed 1 man, 1 other died of a heart attack, more than 100 people were injured harmless. Still, despite these tragic events, the Olympic Games in Atlanta memorable thanks to sporting achievements. August 4, 1996 g in the presence of more than 85 thousand. people at the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta hosted the closing ceremony of the Games. Many well-known American musicians took part in the musical part of the ceremony. award winners in the men's marathon was held, which was held on the last day of the summer Olympics 1996. According to tradition, the athletes took part in the parade all together, thus symbolizing the unity of the Olympic. At the closing ceremony of the Games IOC president Samaranch said its traditional phrase, "These were the best Games in history." During his speech, he paid special attention to the threat of terrorism and called on to honor the memory of victims of the terrorist attack in Atlanta, as well as the Israeli athletes who lost their lives in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The flag was lowered from the flagpole and the Olympic flag was ceremonially handed over to the mayor of the capital following the Games - Sydney. The closing ceremony ended with a grand firework display.