The Summer Olympics of 1996 in Atlanta
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The Olympics. This ancient athletic festival unites the whole world, putting all of them in one common ground — skill-building. Thousands of athletes from different parts of the world compete in the Olympics to represent their respective countries, to put themselves to the test, and of course, to win the gold.
In the Olympics,so much great stories and defining moments are made, have already been made and will continue to do so. That is why the Olympics is one of the most awaited events in the world. Somehow, breaking boundaries is just so naturally embedded in the core of all humankind.
Now, before we dive into how the Summer Olympics in Atlanta went, you should know that you are encouraged to support and participate as well in the Games. If you are actually planning to go to the next one, we all know that large events like this can be very crowded and busy.
With so much things happening here and there, your attention might not be able to keep up, so keep your belongings safe especially your devices. Should you lose your device in an unfortunate event, just make sure the you have a good hard drive data recovery service in Atlanta so you can retrieve your once lost, precious information.
Summer Olympics in Atlanta
Now, talking about breaking boundaries, in the year 1996, Atlanta aced the whole hosting and staging game for the Centennial Summer Games. They have definitely given justice as to how one would think when hearing the word “olympics”.
The opening ceremony was five hours long, started by the sporting legend himself, Muhammad Ali. Once he lit that cauldron, emotions filled the hearts and faces of all who stood as witnesses. Also, the atmosphere of the entirety of the Summer Centennial Summer Games is almost exactly like a fair, just in a very much larger scale.
It was complete with booths, concerts, and amusement park rides for everyone to enjoy.
The total cost of the 1996 Olympics was nearly $1.7 billion and for the first time, in fact, the Olympics wasn’t supported financially by the government. It were the corporate sponsors, like Coca-Cola, by which they supplied over $300 million, and the TV rights that covered the costs.
There were exactly 10318 athletes who competed, 197 countries represented, in 271 events. Apparently, it’s the first time in the Olympic history that all 197 recognised National Olympic Committees were represented. This all happened in less than 3 weeks, specifically from 19th of July to the 4th of August of that year.
Another first is that of beach volleyball, mountain biking, lightweight rowing and women’s football made their appearance, plus a sailor named Hubert Raudaschi (AUT), became the first ever athlete to compete in 9 Olympic Games.
Tragedy in the Olympics
Something unfortunate happened in the Olympics as well. On the 27th of July, panic and tragedy broke out when a terrorist’s pipe-bomb exploded in the Centennial Olympic Park. 2 lives were taken that day, plus 110 injured citizens. After which, security has definitely expanded and adapted better planning for the future Games.