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Some did well; some didn’t.” However, Yarbrough says Atlanta’s Olympic organizers took a unique approach to venue development.
“Our facilities were built for an afterlife and were retrofitted for the games, which is exactly the opposite [way] most Olympic planning is done,” he says.
In the early 1990s Atlanta beat out five other cities to win the bid to host the 1996 Olympics.
It was a moment that put an international spotlight on Atlanta, and city officials have announced plans to celebrate its anniversary. 18, a reunion party will be held for the city officials who represented the city in its final Olympic bid in Tokyo back in 1990. That news reminded us of how, back before the 1996 games, many people thought it would be a long shot for Atlanta to be an Olympics host.
The yachting venue built in Savannah is now a sailing center.
When the Summer Olympics came to Atlanta 20 years ago, organizers had to build dozens of sporting venues from scratch. All the money was raised through private donations.
Two decades later, some venues are thriving, while others have languished. The center courts are enclosed by a chain-link fence decorated with “no trespassing” signs.
“What really sets us apart from all of our competitors is we have 10 lanes; most pools only have eight,” says David Williams, Georgia Tech’s associate director of aquatics for campus recreation. standards, which is another reason why all the teams before the Olympics would want to come here because this is the exact same setup they’ll see in Rio.” In fact, the 2016 U. Olympic swim team will practice at the pool this month before heading to Brazil for this year’s games.
“Our lanes are a little wider; the pool’s a little deeper. And it’s hard to find a pool like that in this country.” The million facility stays busy. “We’re built to international standards,” Williams says. They'd planned to train in Puerto Rico, but changed course due to concerns about the Zika virus. “We get a lot — and I mean a lot — of visits from either cities that plan on bidding for an Olympics [or] cities that are planning on building big facilities,” he says.
But, according to Yarbrough, the venue known as the capstone of the Atlanta Games is Centennial Olympic Park.