Games of the XXV Olympiad were held in Barcelona, opened officialy by
King Juan Carlos I and every nation with a National Olympic Committee
was represented. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania took part for the first
time, West and former East Germany participated as one team and so did
Bosnia-Hezegovina and Croatia along with Slovenia. Men's basketball
was open to all professionals and the United States sent a "Dream
Team" that included Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.
Gymnast Vitaly Scherbo won six gold medals, including a record four
in one day and Derartu Tulu, from Ethiopia, won the 10,000m run becoming
first female black African Olympic champion. The Barcelona Oympic Games
are considered one of the most successful in the Olympic History and a
model for the future of the Olympic Spirit .
Candidate cities: Amsterdam, Belgrade, Birmingham, Brisbane and Paris.