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This Day in Georgia History

August 04, 1996

Final Day of Olympics

This was 17th and final day of the 1996 Summer Olympics - and day 16 of Olympic competition. On this day, U.S. gold medal winners were the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Click here for a summary of medals awarded during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. That evening, those fortunate to have a ticket saw gala closing ceremonies firsthand in Centennial Olympic Stadium. At the conclusion, the Olympic flag was transferred by Bill Campbell, mayors of Atlanta, to International Olympic Committee president Juan Samaranch, who then presented it to the mayor of Sydney, Australia - host of the 2000 Summer Olympics. At the end of the evening’s ceremonies, the Olympic flame was slowly extinguished - thus ending the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympics.