Summer 2016: Another Summer Olympic Games is upon us. Not only are many people looking forward to another exciting summer full of international sporting competition, but this year there is also special cause to look back and remember the 1996 Olympic Games held in Savannah on the occasion of their 20th anniversary.
Between July 21st and July 29th, Olympic Yachting events were held off the coast of Georgia near Wilmington Island, in Wassaw Sound.
Ten different sailing classes, also called disciplines, including men’s, women’s, and mixed events, raced ten or more races each over the eight day span of the games. For more information on the different classes that competed, see the Savannah Olympic guide.
461 athletes representing 78 countries on six continents competed in the 1996 Olympic Yachting events.
Brazil took home the most Yachting medals, winning a total of three. Spain, Ukraine, the United States, and three other countries took home two medals. 15 other nations took home one medal each, bringing the total number of nations who medaled in the Savannah events to 22.
An Olympic Marina on Wilmington Island, and a temporary barge structure called the Day Marina in Wassaw Sound were set up to facilitate Olympic events.
Click on the links below to watch episodes of Civic Magazine, a program from The City of Savannah’s local cable access channel, and view images from the City's Public Information Office relating to the Olympics in Savannah.
The Arrival of the Olympic Torch
Civic Magazine, 1994 - Olympic Beautification Projects
Civic Magazine, 1996 - Olympic Flag Unfurling