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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

They'll Charge Next Time

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

July 31, 1996|Reuters

The only thing better than a T-shirt is a free T-shirt.

A clothing company held a promotional giveaway in the Olympic Village Wednesday that got out of hand. The plan was to give T-shirts of various sizes to athletes, who could then swap them with others. But before long, athletes began clambering onto the village disco stage to grab fistfuls and boxes of the shirts.

Extra security guards had to be hastily summoned to calm things down.

"We had a much larger turnout than expected," a company spokesman said.

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