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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

Bad Show

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

August 03, 1996|MIKE DOWNEY

Kill the empire: As the days dwindle to a precious few, the same number of Olympic gold medals--one--has been won by those superpowers of sport: Armenia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Norway, Nigeria, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Syria, Yugoslavia and . . .

. . . Britain.

Repeat: A single gold medal, in rowing.

Britannia ruled the waves.

That's all Britannia ruled.

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