It started with Sydney, and about this time every four years, I start to get sentimental and reminisce about the magic that was the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. According to readtiger.com ” The 1996 Summer Olympics, known officially as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially as the Centennial Olympics, took place in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, from July 19 to August 4, 1996. A record 197 nations, all current IOC member nations, took part in the Games, comprising 10,318 athletes. Atlanta became the fifth American city to host the Olympic Games and the third to hold a Summer Olympic Games.
Atlanta was selected on September 18, 1990, in Tokyo, Japan, over Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, and Toronto at the 96th IOC Session. Atlanta’s bid to host the Summer Games that began in 1987 was considered a long-shot! The event ended up costing $3.8 billion in 2009 dollars and made a profit of $10 million.”
Here is a quick look back, in pictures: