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1996 Atlanta

1996 Atlanta
  • Duration:
    July 19-August 4
  • Nations Participating:
    197 NOC's
  • Events:
  • Competing Athletes:
    10,318 (6,806 men, 3,512 women)
  • Canadian Competitors:
    303 (152 men, 151 women)

Games of the XXVI Olympiad

For the first time ever, the Canadian team of 307 athletes was comprised of more women than men – 154 women to 153 men. Canada’s 21 medals (3 gold, 10 silver, 8 bronze) in nine sports was a best-ever medal total in a non-boycotted Olympic Games.

Reigning world champion Donovan Bailey captured the title of world’s fastest man when he took the gold medal in world-record time over a formidable field in the 100m race. Bailey added a second gold when he teamed up with Carlton Chambers, Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert and Bruny Surin in the 4x100m relay, the Canadians recording the second fastest time ever in the event. Bailey became only the second Canadian ever in the history of athletics to win two Olympic gold medals, the other being Percy Williams in the 100m and 200m in 1928.

Canada won medals in five new events on the program: synchro team, women’s mountain bike, men’s beach volleyball, men’s lightweight coxless fours in rowing and the women’s cycling individual road time trial. Rowing continued its Olympic success with six medals (one gold, four silver, one bronze), and Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle became the first-ever triple gold medallists for Canada in a Summer Olympic Games (two each in 1992, one each in 1996). Four-time Olympians Silken Laumann (rowing) and Curt Harnett (cycling) won their third Olympic medal: Laumann took silver in single sculls to add to her 1984 and 1992 bronze medals, and Harnett won bronze in the sprint to add to his 1984 silver and 1992 bronze medals. Cycling’s five medal performances added to their sport’s all-time Olympic medal tally of four. Clara Hughes’ bronze in the women’s road race was the first-ever Olympic medal for Canada in women’s cycling. She captured another bronze in the inaugural women’s individual road time trial. Brian Walton was awarded the silver medal in the men’s individual points race. Marianne Limpert’s silver in the 200m individual medley was Canada’s first women’s individual medal since the Games in 1984. Curtis Myden was a double bronze medallist in the 200m and 400m individual medley. Boxing, diving and wrestling each captured a medal: David Defiagbon, silver in 91kg heavyweight; Annie Pelletier, bronze in 3m springboard; and Gia Sissaouri, silver in 57kg freestyle. Joanne Abbott was the first female sailor to compete in the Soling class at an Olympic Games.

Olympic Oath (athletes):T eresa Edwards (basketball)

Olympic Oath (officials): Hobie Billingsly (diving)

Olympic Oath (coaches): None

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Muhammad Ali

Official Opening: President Bill Clinton

Canadian Medallists







GoldDonovan BaileyAthletics100m - Men -
GoldDonovan Bailey, Carlton Chambers, Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny SurinAthleticsRelay 4x100m - Men -
GoldKathleen Heddle, Marnie McBeanRowingDouble Sculls - Women -
SilverMarianne LimpertAquatics - SwimmingIndividual Medley 200m - Women -
SilverLisa Alexander, Janice Bremner, Karen Clark Le Poole, Karen Fonteyne, Sylvie Fréchette, Valerie Hould-Marchand, Katarzyna Kulesza, Christine Larsen, Cari Read, Erin WoodleyAquatics - Synchronized SwimmingTeam - Women -
SilverDavid DefiagbonBoxingHeavyweight - Men -
SilverCaroline BrunetCanoe-Kayak - SprintK-1 500m - Women -
SilverAlison SydorCycling - Mountain BikeCross Country - Women -
SilverBrian WaltonCycling - TrackPoints Race - Men -
SilverAlison Korn, Theresa Luke, Maria Maunder, Heather McDermid, Jessica Monroe, Emma Robinson, Lesley Thompson-Willie, Tosha Tsang, Anna Van der KampRowingCoxed Eight - Women -
SilverDavid Boyes, Gavin Hassett, Jeffrey Lay, Brian PeakerRowingLightweight Four - Men -
SilverDerek PorterRowingSingle Sculls - Men -
SilverSilken LaumannRowingSingle Sculls - Women -
SilverGuivi SissaouriWrestling - Freestyle60kg - Men -
BronzeAnnie PelletierAquatics - DivingSpringboard 3m - Women -
BronzeCurtis MydenAquatics - SwimmingIndividual Medley 200m - Men -
BronzeCurtis MydenAquatics - SwimmingIndividual Medley 400 - Men -
BronzeClara HughesCycling - RoadIndividual Road Race - Women -
BronzeClara HughesCycling - RoadIndividual Time Trial - Women -
BronzeCurt HarnettCycling - TrackSprint - Men -
BronzeLaryssa Biesenthal, Kathleen Heddle, Marnie McBean, Diane O'GradyRowingQuadruple Sculls - Women -
BronzeJohn Child, Mark HeeseVolleyball - BeachMen -

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