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August 12, 1996 | Volume 85, Issue 7

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Michael Johnson Cover - Sports Illustrated August 12, 1996

August 12, 1996 | S.L. PRICE
Someone small began the second Saturday in Atlanta with an act so twisted that it threatened to suck every warm feeling of these Games into a joyless black hole. Who could think of anything else...

August 12, 1996 | Leigh Montville
The word sounded to an American ear like another cheer that had been stretched out, syllable by syllable. Vu-ko-var. Vu-ko-var. Vu-ko-var. The Croatian fans in the water polo crowd repeated the...

August 12, 1996 | Rick Reilly
This was near Coca-Cola Olympic City, not far from the Coca-Cola Refreshment Plaza and the World of Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola Official Pin Trading Center—with its tables made to look like giant...

August 12, 1996 | Tim Layden
In the concrete belly of Olympic Stadium, Jonathan Edwards is running at full throttle, a boxed silver medal in the crook of his arm as if it were a football. It is Sunday, one day after Edwards...

August 12, 1996 | Gerry Callahan
The time was right for SI to pay tribute to the man who had become known as the biggest Olympic hero of them all. It was three days after a bomb had ripped a hole into the heart of the Olympics,...

August 12, 1996 | E.M Swift
Over the years Bela Karolyi has put his bearlike self in front of so many cameras, hugging so many of his tiny girl gymnasts, that I almost cannot stand to watch anymore. Those hugs are...

August 12, 1996 | Richard Hoffer
Everything you saw was outsized, almost goofy. The vaults were so much higher, the times so much faster, the jumps so much longer that it was hard to believe these athletes were the same species...

August 12, 1996 | Kenny Moore
Every holder of a world record enters the Olympics knowing that if he does not win, he will forever hear a refrain that runs something like, "You lost? Wait a minute. You've run or jumped better...

August 12, 1996 | Phil Taylor
They are tucked away in a corner of the Olympics, two groups of sad-eyed men laboring in a tiny gymnasium on a steamy Southern night. In another part of town the basketball celebrities from the...

August 12, 1996 | Gary Smith
'Twas another long hard day of buying and selling in the streets at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta. Human beings were waiting in a long line just to get inside the Super Store at the...

August 12, 1996 | Peter King
Until these Olympics, Dani Tyler's worst moment in sports had occurred 15 years ago when she was playing T-ball in River Forest, Ill. She struck out and threw her bat, hitting the bat girl on the...

August 12, 1996 | Alexander Wolff
Before the bombing, when the greatest misfortune of these Games looked to be nothing more sinister than their blinkered lack of international character, I found myself in a polyglot gathering of...

August 12, 1996 | Michael Farber
Sometimes she dreams in Japanese. More and more she dreams in English. Yoko Zetterlund has a Swedish father and a Japanese mother, was born in San Francisco and grew up in Tokyo, but she suffers...

August 12, 1996 | Steve Rushin
I will remember Atlanta for its omnibus buses: city buses, tour buses, school buses, minibuses...sundry buses bused in from around the country, 1,650 buses in all of Atlanta, and each of these...

August 12, 1996 | Roy Blount Jr.
An art form that I had never encountered before these Olympics: teenage group evangelical street mime. In three weeks I must have run into 15 crucifixions. On the first day of competition I saw 10...

August 12, 1996 | Kelly Whiteside
To Baltimore Colts fans who had been singing the blues for 12 years, the Ravens' preseason opener was sweet music

August 12, 1996 | Tim Kurkjian
With his whirlwind July, Gonzalez has blown away his critics, Trade winds generate heat in the pennant chases

August 12, 1996
Aaron HullNANTUCKET, MASS.Aaron, a junior third baseman for Nantucket High, matched a national high school single-game record when he hit five home runs in the Whalers' 22-3 defeat of New England...

August 12, 1996 | E.M. Swift
The glitches and garishness of Atlanta are not likely to be repeated by the better-organized Aussies

August 12, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum And Richard O'Brien

August 12, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum And Richard O'Brien
11'7"Combined height of Dennis Rodman (6'8") and Olympic weightlifting champ Naim Suleymanoglu (4'11"), prospective co-stars of Jean-Claude Van Damme's next action film.

August 12, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum And Richard O'Brien
Forget the five-tool ballplayer—one tool is enough, especially for a pitcher. A look at some common bigleague hardware.

August 12, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum And Richard O'Brien
California computer engineers have invented a golf club containing an explosive charge that enables duffers to hit the ball 200 yards when they pull a trigger in the handle instead of swinging.

August 12, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum And Richard O'Brien
Rafael PalmeiroThe Baltimore Orioles first baseman, on the failure of his team to make any deals before the trading deadline: "We tried to get the Phillie Phanatic for Luis Polonia, but the...

August 12, 1996
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August 12, 1996 | William Gallo
Tin Cup, opening Aug. 16

August 12, 1996 | Kenny Moore

August 12, 1996 | Tim Layden

August 12, 1996 | Phil Taylor

August 12, 1996
Drew Rosenhaus is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with sports.CRAIG PAULSEN, BURBANK, CALIF.

August 12, 1996 | Alexander Wolff
The Americans wrapped up their 60-0 gold medal run by routing their old nemeses, the Brazilians

August 12, 1996 | S.L. Price

August 12, 1996 | Leigh Montville
After her two victories in Atlanta, 17-year-old Fu Mingxia of China is on course to become the best ever in her sport

August 12, 1996 | Michael Farber
The Americans' gold medal victory over China was one for the record books, and one for the next generation of female athletes

August 12, 1996 | Roy Blount Jr.
Georgia fans learned a new trick—enjoying soccer—when Olympic football came to their turf

August 12, 1996 | Rick Reilly
Still struggling with the murder of Dave Schultz, members of the U.S. team won three golds

August 12, 1996 | Steve Rushin
Seventeen days, 10,750 athletes and 197 nations produced a flurry of fascinating facts and figures

August 12, 1996 | Gary Smith
<b>Blossoms raised to honor the bombing victims, the people retook Centennial Park and set in place the legacy of these Games.</b>

August 12, 1996
fifteen SI writers recall their most memorable moments in Atlanta