Atlanta 1996

The Atlanta Olympics was a Games of extremes: outstanding sporting action on the field, and a string of organisational problems and serious disasters off it. The low point of the Games was the terrorist bombing of the packed Centennial Park, killing an Olympic fan. The transportation system struggled to cope with the crowds, some official buses getting lost on their way to venues, as summer temperatures soared to sweltering levels. Yet through the tragedy of the bombing and the blunders of organisers, the excellence of competition did much to revive spirits and inspire others.

The Games began with a flourish with a trembling Muhammad Ali, boxing gold medal winner in 1960, lighting the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony. He was cheered by athletes from 197 nations, 28 more teams than had ever before attended the Games. It would be the United States that would lead the medal table with 44 gold, with American swimmer Amy van Dyken’s haul of four gold medals the best of any athlete of 1996. The program was expanded to 26 sports and 271 events, with softball, mountain biking and beach volleyball among the inclusions.

The best action was in the main stadium, where one of the great Olympic athletics meets was held. The sport provided many heroes. American Michael Johnson made history by winning the 200m/400m double, both times shattering the world record, and won a third gold medal in the 4x400m relay. Carl Lewis won his fourth consecutive gold medal in the long jump to end his career with a record-equalling nine gold medals. South Africa celebrated its first black Olympic champion when Josiah Thugwane scored a memorable victory in the men’s marathon on the final day of the Games. In women’s events, France’s Marie-Jose Perec scored her own historic 200m/400m double, most memorably running down a determined Cathy Freeman in the final straight of the 400m. American Gail Devers won her second successive 100m gold medal, and Syria’s Ghada Shouaa became a hero to millions of Arab women in winning the heptathlon.

Other sports produced equally exciting results and worthy heroes. In cycling, five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain of Spain won the road time trial. China’s Fu Mingxia won the women’s 3m springboard and 10m platform diving double. Her teammate Deng Yaping became the first four-time gold medallist in table tennis by defending her singles and doubles crowns from 1992. Volleyball added beach volleyball to its program, and the great Karch Kiraly, winner of two indoor gold medals, partnered Kent Steffes to win the US the men’s event. Russia’s Alexander Popov successfully defended his 50m and 100m freestyle titles in the pool. Turkish weightlifting supremo Naim Suleymanoglu lifted more than three times his bodyweight to secure a record third consecutive gold in the 64kg division. Americans Andre Agassi and Lindsay Davenport were popular singles gold medallists in tennis.

Australian champions such as Kieren Perkins and rowing’s Oarsome Foursome were also mentioned among the best performers of the Games.

Australian Olympians At The Games

Flag Bearers

Olympian Name Ceremony
Andrew Hoy Opening
Mike McKay Closing

Australian Medallists At The Games

Olympian Name Sport Medals
Brett Aitken Cycling - Track
1
Kate Allen (Slatter) Rowing
1
Al Annan (Caldas) Hockey
1
Deserie Baynes (Huddleston) Shooting
1
Colin Beashel Sailing
1
Mitch Booth Sailing
1
Katrin Borchert Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Stefan Botev Weightlifting
1
Carla Boyd Basketball
1
Michelle Brogan Basketball
1
Sandy Brondello Basketball
1
Joanne Brown (Alchin) Softball
1
Stuart Carruthers Hockey
1
Lisa Carruthers (Powell) Hockey
1
Baeden Choppy Hockey
1
Michelle Chandler (Cleary) Basketball
1
Daniel Collins Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Nat Cook Beach Volleyball
1
Kim Cooper (Maguire) Softball
1
Carolyn Crudgington Softball
1
Lou Currey (McPaul) Athletics
1
Stephen Davies Hockey
1
Helen Denman Swimming
1
Steven Dewick Swimming
1
Michael Diamond Shooting
1
Kerry Dienelt Softball
1
Damon Diletti Hockey
1
Louise Dobson Hockey
1
Lachie Dreher Hockey
1
Phillip Dutton Equestrian - Eventing
1
Peta Edebone Softball
1
Anthony Edwards Rowing
1
Lachlan Elmer Hockey
1
Trish Fallon Basketball
1
Michelle Ferris Cycling - Track
1
Duncan Free Rowing
1
Cathy Freeman Athletics
1
Renita Garard (Farrell) Hockey
1
Brendan Garard Hockey
1
Paul Gaudoin Hockey
1
David Giles Sailing
1
Drew Ginn Rowing
1
Scott Goodman Swimming
1
Nick Green Rowing
1
Julia Greville (Radley) Swimming
1
Toby Haenen Swimming
1
Mark Hager Hockey
1
Fiona Hannan (Robinson) Basketball
1
Boden Hanson Rowing
1
Tanya Harding Softball
1
Juliet Haslam Hockey
1
Rechelle Hawkes Hockey
1
Bruce Hick Rowing
1
Jenny Holliday (Lisle) Softball
1
Janusz Hooker Rowing
1
Andrew Hoy Equestrian - Eventing
1
Emma Johnson Swimming
1
Rebecca Joyce Rowing
1
Michael Klim Swimming
1
Daniel Kowalski Swimming
1
2
Andrew Landenberger Sailing
1
Virginia Lee (Koo) Rowing
1
Joyce Lester Softball
1
Paul Lewis Hockey
1
Nicole Livingstone (Stevenson) Swimming
1
1
Lise Mackie Swimming
1
Robyn Maher (Gull) Basketball
1
Clover Maitland Hockey
1
Megan Marcks (Still) Rowing
1
Russell Mark Shooting
1
Karen Marsden Hockey
1
Sally McCreedy (McDermid) Softball
1
Bradley McGee Cycling - Track
2
Mike McKay Rowing
1
Frankie McRae Softball
1
Scott Miller Swimming
1
1
Shelley Mitchell (Andrews) Hockey
1
Jenny Morris Hockey
1
Stuart O'Grady Cycling - Track
2
Susie O'Neill Swimming
1
1
1
Tim O'Shannessey Cycling - Track
1
Jackie Pereira Hockey
1
Nova Peris Hockey
1
Kieren Perkins Swimming
1
Haylea Petrie Softball
1
Kerri Pottharst Beach Volleyball
1
Katrina Powell Hockey
1
Nicole Richardson Softball
1
Sam Riley Swimming
1
1
Clint Robinson Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Melanie Roche Softball
1
Danni Roche Hockey
1
Phil Rogers Swimming
1
Gil Rolton Equestrian - Eventing
1
Sarah Ryan Swimming
1
Shelley Sandie (Gorman) Basketball
1
Wendy Schaeffer Equestrian - Eventing
1
Robert Scott Rowing
1
Matthew Smith Hockey
1
Grant Smith Hockey
1
Ron Snook Rowing
1
Rachael Sporn Basketball
1
Daniel Sproule Hockey
1
Jay Stacy Hockey
1
Kathryn Starre Hockey
1
Petria Thomas Swimming
1
Michele Timms Basketball
1
James Tomkins Rowing
1
Liane Tooth Hockey
1
Allison Tranquilli (Cook) Basketball
1
Andrew Trim Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Lucy Tyler-Sharman (Tyler) Cycling - Track
1
Natalie Ward Softball
1
Ken Wark Hockey
1
David Weightman Rowing
1
Jenny Whittle Basketball
1
Brooke Wilkins Softball
1
Anna Wood (Cox) Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater
1
Todd Woodbridge Tennis
1
Mark Woodforde Tennis
1
Dean Woods Cycling - Track
1
Angie Woodward (Kennedy) Swimming
1
Michael York Hockey
1

Australian Officials At The Games

Chefs

Official Name Position
John Coates Chef De Mission
John Devitt Assistant Chef De Mission
Peter Montgomery Assistant Chef De Mission
Keith Murton Assistant Chef De Mission

Team Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Alfred Nucifora Attache
Craig McLatchey Administration Director
Bradley Kenworthy Administration Manager
Belinda Lovett Administration Assistant
Anne Wilson Administration Assistant
Cheryl Ritchie Administration Assistant
Robert Thornton Operations Director
Craig Phillips Assistant Operations Director
Tracey Johnstone Operations Assistant
Michael Wenden Athlete Services Director
Lynne Bates Athlete Services Coordinator
Debra Flintoff-King Athlete Liaison Officer
Herbert Elliott Athlete Liaison Officer
Laurie Lawrence Athlete Liaison Officer
Megan Sissian Athlete Services Support
James Webster Media/PR Director
Ian Heads Media Liaison Officer
Kevin Berry Media Liaison Officer
Michelle Brown Media Liaison Officer
Greg Campbell Media Liaison Officer
Rosemary Towner Media Services
Brian Sando Medical Director
Peter Fricker Deputy Medical Director
Ross Smith Head of Physiotherapy Services
Graham Winter Head of Psychological Services
Robert Granter Head of Massage Services
Grace Bryant Doctor
Warren McDonald Doctor
Bernd Adolph Masseur
Wayde Clews Masseur
Narelle Davis Masseur
Gerhardt Hechenberger Masseur
Bradley Hiskins Masseur
Ari Takkinen Masseur
Howard Arbuthnot Masseur
Elizabeth Austin Physiotherapist
Peter Eckhardt Physiotherapist
Louise Burke Nutritionist
Jeffrey Bond Psychologist
Vicki De Prazer Psychologist
Catherine Martin Psychologist

Sport Specific Support Staff

Staff Member Name Position
Stephen Jennison
Margaret Mahony
Phil King Coach
Robert Bidder Head Coach
Keith Connor Coach
Peter Fortune
Craig Hilliard Coach
Peter Lawler
Clifford Mallett Coach
Richard Telford
Christopher Wardlaw
John Zanfirache
Peter Brukner
Barry Cooper Massage Therapist
Jennifer Davies
Dean Kenneally
Peter Stanton
Jeffrey Simons
Peter Roberts
Ning On Sze Head Coach
Donald Knapp
Robert Derksen
Ronny Johnson
Adrian Meagher
Ian MacIndoe
Tom York
Barry Barnes
Alan Black
Brett Brown
Peter Harcourt Deputy Medical Director
Craig Purdam
Marian Stewart-Hudson Section Manager
Thomas Maher
Jennifer Cheesman
Carrie Graf
Jillianne Cook
Stephen Tutton Head Coach
Steven Anderson Coach
Paul Smith
Peter Rogers
Albert Gerring
Dennis Welbeloved
Roy Farrance
Robyn Galloway
Christine Duff
Brian Trouville
Terrence Hutchings Coach
Barry Kelly
John Sumegi
James Walker
Maxwell Metzker
Mark Winder
Peter Barnes Doctor
Michael Corbitt
Salvador Sobrino Saldivar Coach
Wang Tong Xiang Coach
Russell Withers Deputy Chef de Mission
Wayne Roycroft Head Coach
Heath Ryan Competitor
Rodney Brown
Clemens Dierks
James Dunn Coach
Denis Goulding Vet
Peter Gray
Edward Thomson
Leslie Scheinflug
Raul Blanco
Siri Kannangara
Pedro Ruz
Jacquelyn Wood
Warwick Forbes
Ju Ping Tian
Derui Qu
Vladimir Zakharov
Kenneth Read
Francis Murray Head Coach
David Bell Head Coach
Larry McIntosh Coach
George Galvin
Barry Fleming
Neil McLean Psychologist
Wendy Pritchard
Richard Charlesworth
Kathleen Partridge
Chris Spice
Margaret McIntyre
Corinne Reid
Luis Val Section Manager
Trevor Kschammer
Suzanne Williams
Kitty Chiller Deputy Chef de Mission
Andrew Guerin
Matthew Draper
Reinhold Batschi Coach
Paul Fitzgerald
Brian Dalton
Noel Donaldson Head Coach
Stephen Evans
Harald Jahrling Head Coach
Anthony Lovrich
Lyall McCarthy Coach
Timothy McLaren Coach
Ellen Randell
Paul Thompson
William Webb
Luke Attwell
Henry Wajswelner
John Harrison
Michael Fletcher Coach
Nicky Bethwaite
William Hooper
Gregory Johns
Damienne Cahalan
Susan Crafer
William Murray
Claudia Kulla
Barry McCormack
Gail Wykes
Carole Peel
Kenneth Arthur
Wendy Braybon Physiotherapist
Terry Buck
Julie Dyring
Donald Talbot
Glenn Beringen Coach
John Carew
James Fowlie
Paul Hardman
William Nelson
Mark Regan
Brian Sutton
Brian Wilkinson
Robert Treffene
Clark Perry Psychologist
Roger Fitzgerald
Peter Blanch Physiotherapist
Patricia Manson
Nicola Massaro
Neil Harwood
Lan Sun Zhou
Michael Daws
Anthony Roche
Lesley Bowrey
Geoffrey Mackay
Julian Jones Recovery Centre Strength & Conditioning Coach
Luke Borreggine Coach/Manager
Martin Leach
Samuel Parker Section Manager
Anatoli Beloglazov

Games Trivia

Emblem

The torch depicted in the Atlanta logo consists of the five Olympic rings and the number 100. Atlanta 1996 marked 100 years since the first modern summer Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.

Motto

The motto of the Atlanta Games was "Celebration of the Century".

Mascot

Izzy was the official mascot of the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. Izzy was first introduced at the Closing Cermenoy of the Barcelona 1992 Games as 'Whatizit' (What is it?). Unlike the Olympic mascots before it, Izzy did not represent a nationally-significant animal or human figure. Instead Izzy was a computer animated figure with the ability to morph into different forms.