Games of the XXVI Olympiad were held in Atlanta, opened officialy by
President Bill Clinton and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the revival
of the Olympic Ideal. In the Open Ceremony, Mohammad Ali, suffering
from Parkinson disease, lit the cauldron. A terrorist bomb exploded
in the Centennial Park, killing one person, injured 110 people and caused
uncertainty about the security measures. Sprinter Carl Lewis became
the fourth person to win the same individual event four times and the
fourth athlete to earn nine gold medals, Naim Suleymanoglu was the first
weightlifter to win three gold medals and Michael Johnson smashed the
200m world record to complete a 200m and 400m double.
the Atlanta Olympiad, the organization problems and the vivid commercialization
of the Games produced a lot of negative criticism.
Candidate cities: Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto.