More than 10,000 athletes from 197 National Olympic Committees competed in 26 sports, including the Olympic debuts of beach volleyball, mountain biking, and softball, as well as the new disciplines of lightweight rowing, women’s fencing, a team rhythmic gymnastics event, and women’s association football.
What sport made the first Olympics in 1996?
Beach volleyball, mountain biking, lightweight rowing and women’s football made their first appearance and sailor Hubert Raudaschl (AUT) became the first person ever to compete in nine Olympic Games.
Who performed at the 1996 Olympics?
The ceremony featured film composer John Williams, French Canadian singer Celine Dion and American singer Gladys Knight. The ceremony attendance was 85,600. It was watched by an estimated 3.5 billion viewers worldwide.
What were the 9 original sports in the Olympics?
The Modern Olympics
Thirteen countries competed at the Athens Games in 1896. Nine sports were on the agenda: cycling, fencing, gymnastics, lawn tennis, shooting, swimming, track and field, weight lifting, and wrestling.
How much did the 1996 Olympics cost?
With a five-hour opening ceremony and the creation of a “country fair” atmosphere complete with booths, amusement park rides, and concerts, the 1996 Olympics cost nearly $1.7 billion.
Who was most influential in bringing the 1996 Olympic Games to Atlanta?
Andrew Young is a lion of the civil rights movement, former U.S. congressman, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, in the late 1980s, the mayor of Atlanta. A small group, led by Billy Payne, recruited Young’s support to try to bring the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta.
What happened at the 96 Olympics?
On July 27, 1996, a single homemade pipe bomb left in a knapsack exploded amid a crowd of spectators in Centennial Olympic Park, near the main sites of the Olympic Games in Atlanta. … The blast caused by the crude device killed one person and injured 112 others.
Did Atlanta Olympics make profit?
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games experienced the biggest net loss recorded at approximately US$2 billion.
|Host City||Atlanta Summer Olympics|
|Final Operating Budget||US$1,800,000,000|