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History of the Olympics

1996 - Atlanta, United States


The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States

The 1996 Games were the first Games convened without any governmental support, which led to a commercialization of the Games that disappointed some critics.

A pipe bomb exploded in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park which killed two people but the motive or group responsible was never determined.

Carl Lewis of the United States won his ninth gold medal.

Approximately 10,000 athletes participated, representing 197 countries (including Hong Kong and the Palestinian Authority).

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