Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games

The Games of the XXVI Olympiad held in Atlanta from 19 september to 4 october 1996 included 10,318 athletes (6,806 men and 3,512 women) from 197 countries. They competed in 271 events in 28 sports. 15,108 media members (5,695 print and 9,413 broadcast media members) covered the Games. There were 47,466 volunteers. 84 Croatian athletes participated in the Atlanta Games, of whom 8 women. They competed in 14 sports: athletics, boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, sailing, kayak/canoe, basketball, swimming, handball, table tennis, shooting, tennis, water polo, rowing. 

Flag bearers: At the Opening Ceremony: Perica Bukić

                    At the Closing Ceremony: Goran Perkovac

 

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  • Hrvatska rukometna reprezentacija (m)
    ( Patrik Čavar, Valner Franković, Slavko Goluža, Bruno Gudelj, Vladimir Jelčić, Božidar Jović, Nenad Kljaić, Venio Losert, Valter Matošević, Zoran Mikulić, Alvaro Načinović, Goran Perkovac, Iztok Puc, Zlatko Saračević, Irfan Smajlagić, Vladimir Šujster )
    1.mjesto   Sport: Rukomet   Natjecanje: OI Atlanta 1996.
  • Hrvatska vaterpolska reprezentacija (m)
    ( Maro Balić, Perica Bukić, Damir Glavan, Igor Hinić, Vjekoslav Kobešćak, Joško Kreković, Ognjen Kržić, Dubravko Šimenc, Siniša Školneković, Ratko Štritof, Tino Vegar, Renato Vrbičić, Zdeslav Vrdoljak )
    2.mjesto   Sport: Vaterpolo   Natjecanje: OI Atlanta 1996.

GOLD:

Men's handball team: Patrik Ćavar, Slavko Goluža, Božidar Jović, Nenad Kljaić, Venio Losert, Valter Matošević, Alvaro Načinović, Goran

Chef de Mission: Marijan Malović

Mission members: Vlasta Horvat, Ljiljana Ujlaki, Višnja Peran, Saša Malović, Ante Drpić (Press Attache)
Olympic Attache: Lisabeth E. Bone

The first time that the Croatian national anthem was ever played and the Croatian flag raised to the highest pole at the Olympic Games was at the Atlanta Olympic Games thanks to the men’s handball team. The Croatian handball team’s path to the gold medal was full of thorns. Few would have predicted such an outcome if they had judged by the first game against Switzerland.