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Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games: American gold medalists


The 1996 Atlanta Games featured athletes from 197 nations competing in 271 medal events. The United States led the medal count with 101 medals: 44 gold, 32 silver and 25 bronze.

  • Men’s swimming gold medalists were Tom Dolan (400-meter individual medley); Jeff Rouse (100-meter backstroke); Brad Bridgewater (200-meter backstroke); the 4×200-meter freestyle relay team of Ryan Berube, Josh Davis, Joe Hudepohl, Jon Olsen and Brad Schumacher; the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team of Davis, David Fox, Gary Hall Jr., Olsen, Schumacher and Scott Tucker; the 4×100-meter medley relay team of Davis, Kurt Grote, Hall Jr., John Hargis, Mark Henderson, Jeremy Linn, Rouse and Tripp Schwenk;
  • Women’s swimming gold medalists were Amy Van Dyken (50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly); Beth Botsford (100-meter backstroke); Brooke Bennett (800-meter freestyle); the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team of Catherine Fox, Lisa Jacob, Angel Martino, Jenny Thompson, Melanie Valerio and Van Dyken; the 4×100-meter medley relay team of Amanda Beard, Botsford, Fox, Whitney Hedgepeth, Martino, Kristine Quance, Thompson and Van Dyken; the 4×200-meter freestyle relay team of Jacob, Trina Jackson, Annette Salmeen, Sheila Taormina, Cristina Teuscher, Thompson and Ashley Whitney;
  • In women’s gymnastics, the Magnificent Seven took the team all-around gold medal: Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug. Miller won gold on the balance beam.
  • Kim Rhode won gold in women’s double trap shooting.
  • Men’s track and field gold medalists were Randy Barnes (shotput); Kenny Harrison (triple jump); Charles Austin (high jump); Michael Johnson (200-meter race and 400-meter race); Allen Johnson (110-meter hurdles); Carl Lewis (long jump); Derrick Adkins (400-meter hurdles); Dan O’Brien (decathlon); the 4×400-meter relay team of Alvin Harrison, Anthuan Maybank, Derek Mills, Jason Rouser and Lamont Smith;
  • Women’s track and field gold medalists were Gail Devers (100-meter dash); the 4×100-meter relay team of Devers, Chryste Gaines, Carlette Guidry, Inger Miller and Gwen Torrence; the 4×400-meter relay team of Kim Graham, Maicel Malone, Jearl Miles, Rochelle Stevens and Linetta Wilson;
  • Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes won gold in men’s beach volleyball.
  • U.S. teams winning gold medals were softball; women’s soccer; synchronized swimming; men’s basketball; and women’s basketball
  • Wrestlers winning gold medals were Kendall Cross (57-kilogram freestyle); Kurt Angle (100-kilogram freestyle); Tom Brands (62-kilogram freestyle)
  • Justin Huish won a gold medal in men’s individual archery. Huish, Richard Johnson and Rod White won gold in the men’s team archery.
  • Tennis player Lindsay Davenport won gold in women’s singles. Gigi Fernandez and Mary Joe Fernandez won gold in women’s doubles. Andre Agassi won gold in men’s singles.
  • Boxer David Reid won gold as a light middleweight.


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