What Are Your '96 Olympics Memories?

Three Olympic events took place in Stone Mountain in 1996. What are your memories of them?

The world will soon turn its attention to London, where the Olympic Games begin July 27 and last through August 12.

But 16 years ago, all eyes were on Atlanta, and many were fixed on Stone Mountain, where three Olympic events took place: archery, tennis and cycling.

If you were living in the area when the events came to town, what do you remember about that time? How was the traffic around venues such as Stone Mountain Park and the Stone Mountain Tennis Center? Did you attend any of the events?

Share your memories of the Olympics on Patch by writing in the comment section below.

Kristi Reed (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I was not living here for the Olympics, but I distinctly recall going into labor with my daughter while watching the opening ceremonies on television. Does that count? ;)
Leslie Johnson July 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I think so, Kristi! :)
Henry Louis Adams July 16, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I remember the hype about the city is not ready to handle it. Also, that the city would be overcrowded. Of course, none of that happened. Also, I remember the races throughout the area with people carrying the torch.
Leslie Johnson July 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
No overcrowding? I'm impressed!
Camille July 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I remember working for the Olympics--at Tucker High School. (It was one of the locations where people could shuttle to the tennis arena). My co-workers and I had so much fun! I also remember leaving Centennial Park just minutes before the bombing occurred there...
Tom July 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I was an Olympic Torchbearer on Clairmont Rd. between Scott Blvd. and N. Decatur Road (in front of the YMCA). What an experience. What a crowd!
Tammy July 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I remember going downtown and being amazed at how many bootleg vendors there were selling fake Olympics merchandise.
Leslie Johnson July 17, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Thanks for sharing all these memories, folks. I was living in Charlotte at the time.


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