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XXVI Olympic Games, 20 July - 4 August, 1996. Atlanta, United States.
Other candidates: Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, Toronto
Number of sports: 26
Set of medals: 271
Participating athletes- 10,310 (including 3513 women) from 197 countries.
President Bill Clinton opened the Games.
Heroes of the Olympics were: Amy Van Dyken (United States), Michelle Smith (Ireland).
It was Georgia's first participation in the Olympic Games as an independent state. 36 representatives from Georgia were taking part in 13 sports. The first Olympic prize for the independent Georgia was the bronze medal brought by the judoist Soso Liparteliani who took the third place.
Achievements of Georgian Olympians
XXVI Olympics, Atlanta. 36 participants. 2 bronze medals. Soso Liparteliani (judo) - III, Eldar Kurtanidze (free-style wrestling) - III, Koba Guliashvili (Greco-Roman wrestling) - IV, Nino Salukvadze (shooting) - V, and VII, Gela Papashvili (Greco-Roman wrestling) - VI, Giorgi Vazagashvili (judo) - VII, Giorgi Revazishvili (judo) - VII, Tamaz Imnaishvili (stand shooting) - IX, Bidzina Mikiashvili (weightlifting) - IX, Vladimir Dgebuadze (judo) - X, Avtandil Gogolishvili (free-style wrestling) - X, Zaza Turmanidze (free-style wrestling) - X, Zaza Tkeshelashvili (free-style wrestling) - XIII, Bakur Gogitidze (Greco-Roman wrestling) - XIV, Guram Biganishvili (yachting) - XVI, Vladimir Gruzdev (yachting) - XVI, Mevlud Lobzhanidze (judo) - XVI, Koba Gogoladze (boxing) - third round, Giorgi Kandelaki (boxing) - third round, Vakhtang Iagorashvili (modern pentathlon) - XX, Tariel Melelashvili (Greco-Roman wrestling) - XX, Akaki Kakauridze (boxing) - second round, Besik Vardzelashvili (boxing) - first round, Tengiz Meskhadze (boxing) - first round, Eka Abramia (artistic gymnastics) - XXV, Ilia Giorgadze (competitive gymnastics) - XXV, Maya Azarashvili (athletics) - qualifying race, Nana Kazarashvili (diving) - XXVIII, Nino Uchadze (shooting) - XXVII and XXXVI, Archil Lortkipanidze (fencing) - first round, Giorgi Tsmindashvili (judo) - XXXII, Gocha Gakharia (diving) - XXXIV, Elvira Urusova (athletics) - qualifying race, Khatuna Kvrivishvili (archery) - 1/32 finals, Mukhran Gogia (weightlifting) - injury.