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Atlanta 1996 - Key Facts

ESPN staff
October 12, 2011
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Matt Ghaffari sheds a tear after receiving his silver medal © Getty Images
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Dates
July 19 - August 4

Other candidate cities
Athens, Toronto, Melbourne, Manchester, Belgrade

Mascot
Izzy, a big blue blob

Participants
10,318 (3,512 women)

Participating nations
197

Sports
26

Events
271

Medals given out
1,933 IOC president
Juan Antonio Samaranch (Spain)

Games declared open by
Bill Clinton, president of the United States

Last relay bearer of the Olympic flame
Muhammad Ali (former Olympic and professional boxer - United States)

Flame lit by
Muhammad Ali

Olympic oath read by
Teresa Edwards (basketball - United States)

Television rights
$896 million

Accredited journalists
19,161

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