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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

You Won't See Them At Whitewater Rafting

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

July 26, 1996|RANDY HARVEY

The presence of Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at the women's gymnastics all around-competition Thursday might not have been announced over the public address system, but it's doubtful that anyone among the crowd of 32,200 was unaware of it.

Organizers did everything but play "Hail to the Chief," showing the First Family sitting on the first row of the second tier via the giant television screen at the north end of the Georgia Dome.

Also, volunteers outside the stadium before the competition told complaining ticket holders that they were being subjected to "double security" because the President was in the vicinity.

Lines were so long to enter the Georgia Dome because of the intense security measures that Billy Payne, president of the Atlanta organizing committee, personally visited with international gymnastics officials on the floor and asked them to delay the start of the competition. They did, by 20 minutes.

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