Twenty years later, it’ll still send a chill down your spine.
Tuesday night marks the 20-year anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremony, held at the stadium that became Turner Field following the Summer Games. You can see the outline of the baseball stadium in some of the frames, as well as Fulton County Stadium standing nearby.
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It’s incredible that, 20 years later, the Summer Games seem so recent in some ways, and so far away in others. When I really think about it, I’m still shocked that the International Olympic Committee awarded the Summer Games to this city because it can still be hard for me to imagine the only city in which I’ve ever lived being that important. They actually did this event here.
Below, I’ve embedded the first 12 minutes and 39 seconds of the Opening Ceremony, and when you’re done watching, I hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me what memories you have of the Olympics. What events did you attend? For me, it was track and field (the marathon) and baseball (Nicaragua vs. Honduras, I think).
Courtesy of Bob Parker – a co-worker of mine at The Weather Company – here’s the video.
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