Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics

Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics

Congressman Andrew Young recalls the build-up to the announcement that Atlanta won the bid to host the 1996 Olympic Games.

The 1996 Summer Olympics marked the 100th anniversary of the modern games and the first Olympics in the Southeast U.S. The event brought the eyes of the world onto Atlanta, ushering in a series of long-lasting changes to the city. Twenty years later, PBA30, along with partner WABE 90.1, look back at the impact of the Olympic Games on Atlanta. Watch the videos to see memorable moments from the games and to hear which moments stood out to residents and Congressman Andrew Young.

Read more from WABE in the "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics" series.

Atlantan Sherry Wheat recalls her involvement in the 1996 Games' Opening Ceremony.

Atlantan Colby Allen remembers sprinter Michael Johnson's distinctive gold shoes.

Kennesaw resident Aaron Stewart remembers the day after the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.

Peachtree City resident Preston Heard remembers the Olympics as a bright spot during a long family illness.

Atlantan Sean Curtis remembers a ketchup mishap at a 1996 Olympic tennis match.


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