12 Facts About Atlanta Olympics


The 1996 Games were the first of the two consecutive Summer Atlanta Olympics to be held in a predominantly English-speaking country preceding the 2000 Summer Atlanta Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,909

Nonetheless, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics turned a profit, helped by record revenue from sponsorship deals and broadcast rights, and a reliance on private funding, among other factors.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,910

Atlanta Olympics was selected on September 18,1990, in Tokyo, Japan, over Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, and Toronto at the 96th IOC Session.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,911

The strong economy of Atlanta Olympics and improved race relations in the South helped to impress the IOC officials.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,912

Greece, the home of the ancient and first modern Atlanta Olympics, was considered by many observers the "natural choice" for the Centennial Games.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,913

Famed film score composer John Williams wrote the official overture for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, called "Summon the Heroes"; this was his second overture for Olympic games, the first being "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" written for the 1984 Summer Atlanta Olympics.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,914

Atlanta Olympics received a four-year suspension in 1998 for tampering with a urine sample, though her medals and records were allowed to stand.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,915

Preparations for the Atlanta Olympics lasted more than six years and had an economic impact of at least US$5.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,916

The city's permanent memorial to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is Centennial Olympic Park, which was built as a focal point for the Games.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,917

The Atlanta Olympics organizing committee threatened legal actions against advertisers whose marketing implied an official association with the Games.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,918

The city of Atlanta Olympics had licensed street vendors to sell products from competitors to Olympic sponsors.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,919

Former JPMorgan Chase president Kabir Sehgal noted that in contrast to many later Games, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics were financially viable, had a positive economic impact on the city, and most of the facilities constructed for the Games still see use in the present day.

FactSnippet No. 1,970,920