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Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Host city Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Motto The Celebration of the Century
Nations 197
Athletes 10,320 (6,797 men, 3,523 women)
Events 271 in 26 sports (37 disciplines)
Opening July 19
Closing August 4
Opened by
Cauldron
Stadium Centennial Olympic Stadium
Summer
Barcelona 1992 Sydney 2000
Winter
Lillehammer 1994 Nagano 1998

The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, were held in Atlanta, United States from July 19 to August 4.

Centennial Olympic Park bombing

Eric Rudolph, a Christian fundamentalist, bombed the Centennial Olympic Park on July 27. Alice Hawthorne was killed in the explosion when a nail from the bomb penetrated her skull. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish cameraman, had a fatal heart attack while running to the scene. The bomb wounded 111 others.

Medal table

These were the top 10 teams at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Key

   *   Host nation (United States)

1996 Summer Olympics medal table
 Rank  NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA)* 44 32 25 101
2  Russia (RUS) 26 21 16 63
3  Germany (GER) 20 18 27 65
4  China (CHN) 16 22 12 50
5  France (FRA) 15 7 15 37
6  Italy (ITA) 13 10 12 35
7  Australia (AUS) 9 9 23 41
8  Cuba (CUB) 9 8 8 25
9  Ukraine (UKR) 9 2 12 23
10  South Korea (KOR) 7 15 5 27


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Summer Games: 1896, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, (1916), 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028
Winter Games: 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, (1940), (1944), 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Athens 2004Turin 2006Beijing 2008Vancouver 2010London 2012Sochi 2014Rio 2016Pyeongchang 2018Tokyo 2020

Games in italics will be held in the future, and those in (brackets) were cancelled because of war. See also: Ancient Olympic Games

Olympic rings.svg Youth Olympic Games
Summer Games: 2010, 2014, 2018
Winter Games: 2012, 2016, 2020
Singapore 2010Innsbruck 2012Nanjing 2014

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