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Hey guys what are your memories from the 1996 Centenial Olympic Games in Atlanta?

Mines has to be the speactacular opening ceremony and the buzz around the city at games time

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Hey guys what are your memories from the 1996 Centenial Olympic Games in Atlanta?

Mines has to be the speactacular opening ceremony and the buzz around the city at games time

The BEST Centennial Games ever!! Undeservedly bashed by very jealous and sour-grapes parties. True, there were some glitches (what Games doesn't?), but at least the Games ended up in the black (with a $10 mil profit); and except for 1 or 2 venues, the rest are in constant use by Atlantans and Georgians.

Its 'quilt of leaves' look has been one of the best Olympic graphic jobs yet!

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Well, I've recounted my Atlanta experiences here before, but here i go again!

Atlanta was the first Olympic games I attended in person, so I have a soft spot in my heart for them! Personally I just feel that so much of the criticism was unfair _ yes, there were glitches (the computer problems, for example, was what I was there to report on) but they didn't get in the way of presenting a games that was full of goodwill, hospitality and spirit. I suspect much of the criticism was inspired by puerile anti-Americanism and schadenfreude than anything substantial.

I suppose it helped that I was there courtesy of the hospitality of IBM and was shown a good time and got to see some high profile, sought-after events (swimming, gymnastics, basketball and athletics) and I have nothing but praise for the venues. The hospitality of the Georgians was great _ they were so friendly and so proud of their city. In hindsight, the sheer volume of t-shirt and small vendor stalls around the city was tacky, but at the time I assumed they were a normal part of any Olympic Games. And once again, it's not as if they detracted from the competition.

I was there for the first week of the games, and left the day before the Centennial Park bombing. I only learnt of the bombing when I touched down in LA after flying out of Atlanta and my reaction was one of sorrow and total rage _ I was just so angry that someone would go and try to destroy what was such a wonderful spirit and atmosphere for the games!

Well done Atlanta and the USA!

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I know we have had this discussion before, but I think we'll probably end up having it again. Atlanta suffers in general perceptions, I think, from two things - the terrorist outrage in the Olympic Park and the perception of over-commercialism (whether right or wrong).

Approaching it in a purely sporting context, Atlanta really did represent the end of an era for British sport, because it was after those Games that government and the National Lottery particularly began to take a proper interest and get proper funding in place for our top athletes. It had always been the case that British athletes succeeded in spite of the system and not because of the system. The poor performance in Atlanta changed all that. In some sports, we may have gone too far the other way, but the overall change has been overwhelmingly positive.

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I was there.

What I rembered the most :

Almost empty stadium if there's no american athletes in the competition

exemple :

Women Volleyball, the OMNI was full packed for the first game USA-Japan. When the second game started Brazil-Canada we were a maximum a five hudrends spectators to watch the game

Boxing, the session if for 16 fights. Ounce again it was full packed when the guy from USA was in the ring for fight number nine. How many people stay in their seats for all the remaining fights ? maybe less than 10%

Even for Track and Field. There was two finals left that night and maybe 75% of the crowd left the stadium. One of those two finals was the last event of the women heptathlon. Since the american favorite for the gold was out of the competition, absolutelly no interest for the american crowd. But if she wasn't injured and took part of the race it's sure that everyone stayed up to the end.

Exemple like that, I can give you a lot more.

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great memories as it was probably the most succesfull italian spedition in the olympic history with a total of 36 medals! (without considering Rome'60 and LA '84)

and one of the most inspiring opening ceremonies ever!

shame Atlanta is the most anonimous and boring city to have hosted the summer games.

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I was there.

What I rembered the most :

Almost empty stadium if there's no american athletes in the competition

exemple :

Women Volleyball, the OMNI was full packed for the first game USA-Japan. When the second game started Brazil-Canada we were a maximum a five hudrends spectators to watch the game

Boxing, the session if for 16 fights. Ounce again it was full packed when the guy from USA was in the ring for fight number nine. How many people stay in their seats for all the remaining fights ? maybe less than 10%

Even for Track and Field. There was two finals left that night and maybe 75% of the crowd left the stadium. One of those two finals was the last event of the women heptathlon. Since the american favorite for the gold was out of the competition, absolutelly no interest for the american crowd. But if she wasn't injured and took part of the race it's sure that everyone stayed up to the end.

Exemple like that, I can give you a lot more.

Well (i) you're Quebecois, so you would be unhappy in almost any country; (ii) the situation you describe would only be natural in any Olympics. Unless they're complete fools, why should anyone stay and cheer on for teams/athletes you know nothing about; and have NO affinity for whatsoever? Duh. But say what you will, the records speak for themselves:

Atlanta '96 was the MOST successful Summer Olympics to date, selling 8.3+ million tickets -- which if you even DOUBLED Athens 04's 3.7 million tix sold, would NOT touch Atlanta's 8.3+ million SOLD!!

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Well (i) you're Quebecois, so you would be unhappy in any country; (ii) that would only be natural in any country. Unless they're complete fools, why should anyone stay and cheer on for teams/athletes you know nothing about; and have NO affinity for whatsoever? Duh. But say what you will, the records speak for themselves:

Atlanta '96 was the MOST successful Summer Olympics to date, selling 8.3+ million tickets -- which if you even DOUBLED Athens 04's 3.7 million, would NOT reach Atlanta's 8.3+ million SOLD!!

Hi Baron Pierre

I never said that Atlanta games was a flop for ticket sales.

I also never said that I was unhappy of the situation.

You can probably think that I am a newbie with Olympics because I have only 4 interventions on this site. I discover this forum only today and I want you to know that I attend more games than my number of interventions (for the moment)

When I ordered my tickets a long time before the game, I selected them for the love of the sport and not because Canada will be participating.

One on my thrillest olympic moment is the battle in Atlanta between Sulymanoglu and Leonidis in weightlifting. A turk and a greek. Even the gold medal of Donovan Bailey for Canada at the 100m was not approaching the excitment I got in weightlifting.

Other example, the opening day of the tennis tournament. An epic battle between a spanish and a romanian (Brugueira vs Pavel). This was the best confrontation I ever saw. Better than the historics Wimbledon's battles 20 years ago involving Borg, McEnroe and Connors.

I don't care if they are not canadian, I buy my ticket to see the best in the sport.

I admit that ticket sales was great in Atlanta. Each baseball games of the US team were played in front of 60,000 peoples. The only game I saw was Italy against Japan and there was probably less than 2,000 peoples in the Fulton Conty Stadium. It's absolutelly normal and there's no surprise with that and I don't critics that.

What I deplore is when the event was soldout because some americans were involved in the beginings events and majority of people decided to not to stay to the end.

For me, an olympic event without an athlete of my contry is still an olympic event who deserve the right to be watched up to the end. That was my point.

Even if it's an African affair, the 10,000m race is for me more important and spectacular than the 200. Explain me why it was runned in Atlanta in front of maybe less 20,000 people when 15 or 20 minutes before the stadium was full capacity with 80,000.

Overall, Atlanta was for me a very nice experience.

Even if I am quebecois and be unhappy in any contry like you said, I loved every games I attend because I saw greats athletes performing. Athletes who trained for sometimes more than 10 years to reached that special moment.

And I'm pretty sure that I will enjoy my trip to Beijing next year, even if China will win probably most of the medals. It's Ok if I return in Montreal without seeing any canadian medals. That's not my goal (but of course i'm happy when it's arrives), my goal is to live the Olympic Spirit, wich means in this case staying in my seat up to the end and appreciate everything without considering nationalities. For the love of sport.

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Unless they're complete fools, why should anyone stay and cheer on for teams/athletes you know nothing about; and have NO affinity for whatsoever? Duh. But say what you will, the records speak for themselves:

I disagree with this, and it was one of the things I criticise the Greeks for with their attitude at Athens. A really passionate sporting crowd would get behind any sport, no matter who is competing, because it's the Olympics, the greatest show on Earth! In Sydney, sports like handball, which has absolutely no following or interest in Oz, got great vocal crowds who just came to see some good competition and to get caught up in the whole spirit of the occasion. Yeah, local crowds are always more excited by the opportunity to cheer the home team on, and such tickets will always be the first to go, but a true sporting nation would get behind the competition no matter who's competing.

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Yeah, local crowds are always more excited by the opportunity to cheer the home team on, and such tickets will always be the first to go, but a true sporting nation would get behind the competition no matter who's competing.

I totally agree and I think furthermore that a true sporting nation would even respect the effort of a foreign athlete, when he/she wins vs. a local athlete...

And I'm pretty sure that I will enjoy my trip to Beijing next year, even if China will win probably most of the medals. It's Ok if I return in Montreal without seeing any canadian medals. That's not my goal (but of course i'm happy when it's arrives), my goal is to live the Olympic Spirit, wich means in this case staying in my seat up to the end and appreciate everything without considering nationalities. For the love of sport.

Welcome to GamesBids, Chateau Petrus - it is great to have you here on the boards! You mentioned you have been to several Olympic Games. At which Games have you been to?

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I totally agree and I think furthermore that a true sporting nation would even respect the effort of a foreign athlete, when he/she wins vs. a local athlete...

Welcome to GamesBids, Chateau Petrus - it is great to have you here on the boards! You mentioned you have been to several Olympic Games. At which Games have you been to?

Hi

Thanks for the nice welcome.

The answer for your question :

Montreal 1976 (of course) with 41 finals

Lake Placid 1980 with 3 finals (I stay there only a weekend)

Calgary 1988 with 9 finals

Barcelone 1992 with 16 finals (I stay there only 4 days)

Atlanta 1996 with 43 finals

Sydney 2000, I bought my events tickets, had set up the lodging and airplane ticket. But I had to cancel few months before the games unfortunelly.

I put only the numbers of finals, but there's also a lot of preliminaries or qualifying events.

Most of the finals are for track and field (near 40) and swimming (20). Plus few cycling, gymnastic, rowing, weightlifting and canoe-kayak

Sports that I never saw finals, but was there often : volleyball, basketball, diving, boxe, tennis and badminton

Now you know a little bit more about me the new newbie.

I can had to my portfolio 31 Formula One race and two World Cup quarter-final games in 1994 (Italy vs Spain in Boston and Germany vs Bulgaria the next day in New York)

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