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The 1996 Summer Olympics (officially the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, also known as Atlanta 1996 and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympic Games) were an international multi-sport event held between July 19 and August 4, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. These were the fourth Games to be hosted by the United States, and marked the centennial of the first Olympics in 1896. They were also the first Summer Olympics to be held in a different year from the Winter Olympic Games, due to a new IOC system.

Host city selection

Voting results for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games
City Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
Atlanta United States 19 20 26 34 51
Athens Greece 23 23 26 30 35
Toronto Canada 14 17 18 22
Melbourne Australia 12 21 16
Manchester Great Britain 11 5
Belgrade Yugoslavia 7

Torch

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The Olympic torch was modelled to look like the most ancient of torches, a bundle of reeds bound by twine. The design stirred a bit of controversy, however, when it was pointed out that the torch also resembled a fasces, the symbol of fascism.

Medal table

Rank Country Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Total
1 United States 44 32 25 101
2 Russia 26 21 16 63
3 Germany 20 18 27 65
4 China 16 22 12 50
5 France 15 7 15 37
6 Italy 13 10 12 35
7 Australia 9 9 23 41
8 Cuba 9 8 8 25
9 Ukraine 9 2 12 23
10 South Korea 7 15 5 27
11 Poland 7 5 5 17
12 Hungary 7 4 10 21
13 Spain 5 6 6 17
14 Romania 4 7 9 20
15 Netherlands 4 5 10 19
16 Greece 4 4 0 8
17 Czech Republic 4 3 4 11
18 Switzerland 4 3 0 7
19 Denmark 4 1 1 6
19 Turkey 4 1 1 6
21 Canada 3 11 8 22
22 Bulgaria 3 7 5 15
23 Japan 3 6 5 14
24 Kazakhstan 3 4 4 11
25 Brazil 3 3 9 15
26 New Zealand 3 2 1 6
27 South Africa 3 1 1 5
28 Ireland 3 0 1 4
29 Sweden 2 4 2 8
30 Norway 2 2 3 7
31 Belgium 2 2 2 6
32 Nigeria 2 1 3 6
33 North Korea 2 1 2 5
34 Algeria 2 0 1 3
34 Ethiopia 2 0 1 3
36 Great Britain 1 8 6 15
37 Belarus 1 6 8 15
38 Kenya 1 4 3 8
39 Jamaica 1 3 2 6
40 Finland 1 2 1 4
41 Indonesia 1 1 2 4
41 Yugoslavia 1 1 2 4
43 Iran 1 1 1 3
43 Slovakia 1 1 1 3
45 Armenia 1 1 0 2
45 Croatia 1 1 0 2
47 Portugal 1 0 1 2
47 Thailand 1 0 1 2
49 Burundi 1 0 0 1
49 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1
49 Ecuador 1 0 0 1
49 Hong Kong 1 0 0 1
49 Syria 1 0 0 1
54 Argentina 0 2 1 3
55 Namibia 0 2 0 2
55 Slovenia 0 2 0 2
57 Austria 0 1 2 3
58 Malaysia 0 1 1 2
58 Moldova 0 1 1 2
58 Uzbekistan 0 1 1 2
61 Azerbaijan 0 1 0 1
61 Bahamas 0 1 0 1
61 Chinese Taipei 0 1 0 1
61 Georgia 0 1 0 1
61 Latvia 0 1 0 1
61 Philippines 0 1 0 1
61 Tonga 0 1 0 1
61 Zambia 0 1 0 1
69 Morocco 0 0 2 2
69 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 2 2
71 India 0 0 1 1
71 Israel 0 0 1 1
71 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
71 Mexico 0 0 1 1
71 Mongolia 0 0 1 1
71 Mozambique 0 0 1 1
71 Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
71 Tunisia 0 0 1 1
71 Uganda 0 0 1 1

See Also

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Preceded by
Lillehammer 1994
Olympics
1996
Succeeded by
Nagano 1998
Preceded by
Barcelona 1992
Summer Olympics
1996
Succeeded by
Sydney 2000
Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
Athens 1896Paris 1900St. Louis 1904Athens 1906 (Intercalated Games)London 1908Stockholm 1912Berlin 1916Antwerp 1920Paris 1924Amsterdam 1928Los Angeles 1932Berlin 1936London 1948Helsinki 1952Melbourne 1956Rome 1960Tokyo 1964Mexico City 1968Munich 1972Montreal 1976Moscow 1980Los Angeles 1984Seoul 1988Barcelona 1992Atlanta 1996Sydney 2000Athens 2004Beijing 2008London 2012Rio de Janeiro 2016Tokyo 2020Paris 2024Los Angeles 2028Brisbane 2032
Winter Olympic Games
Chamonix 1924St. Moritz 1928Lake Placid 1932Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936St. Moritz 1948Oslo 1952Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956Squaw Valley 1960Innsbruck 1964Grenoble 1968Sapporo 1972Innsbruck 1976Lake Placid 1980Sarajevo 1984Calgary 1988Albertville 1992Lillehammer 1994Nagano 1998Salt Lake City 2002Torino 2006Vancouver 2010Sochi 2014Pyeongchang 2018Beijing 2022Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026
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