Twenty-one years ago the eyes of the world focused on Atlanta, GA for the start of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
The stage was set and after almost ten years of planning, Atlanta welcomed the world.
I lived in Atlanta during the build-up and celebration of the Centennial Olympiad. It was a heady time filled with the most incredible displays of athletic prowess I have ever seen.
Those days and years leading up to the Games also showcased a spirit of community that all of us who lived in Atlanta, and worked on the Games, could be proud of.
Unfortunately, the actions of a mad man tarnished the magnificence of Atlanta 1996, but his actions cannot and should not be what we remember when we think of that magical summer.
I will always remember those days for the joy we felt as years of planning came to fruition. I will remember the friends I made from around the world, and I will remember the unity of the athletes proving that we as a world can co-exist, even if only for a couple of weeks.
Atlanta 1996 was a resounding success and 21 years later, the differences the Games made on the City are still evident.
Atlanta’s Olympic flame shone bright and still does today.