MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES - 1992 Barcelona Olympiad

The 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

the 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 .


Opening date:
25th July 1992

Closing date:
9th August 1992

Nations: 169
Sports: 28
Events: 257
Athletes: 9 356
Men: 6 652
2 704
Volunteers: 34 548
Media: 13 082

Candidate cities: Amsterdam, Belgrade, Birmingham, Brisbane and Paris.