The Atlanta Olympic Games were loaded with many symbolic meanings,
as they were the centennial games, the ones chosen to close the first century
circle in the history of the institution. Unfortunately the death of one person
and the injuries of 110 people after a bomb explosion in the Centennial Olympic
Park stigmatized this very important anniversary.
A world wide known boxer, Muhammad Ali, lit the Olympic Flame. The
presence of such a living symbol of the U.S. athletic life - and in a manner of
speaking of political life as well - should be considered as Atlanta's message
One of the most impressive performances was Michael Johnson's: He
established an astonishing new world record over 200m and furthermore he had a
double success over both 200m and 400m, for the first time in the history of the
Olympics. Other athletes who stood out were Carl Lewis who won the same individual
event four times as well as his ninth gold medal and Naim Suleymanoglu, one of
the best weightlifters of all times, who was the first athlete in this field to
win three gold medals.
As far as the majority of the nations that participated in the Atlanta
Olympic Games are concerned, on their return to home they carried heavy luggage.
Seventy-nine nations in a total of 197 won medals and 53 won gold and thus they
should have been very satisfied!