Atlanta snubbed in Olympics telecast?

Observant viewers of Friday evening’s Opening Ceremony telecast noticed something missing in a tribute to past games: Atlanta.

The apparent snub occurred during a film which kicked off the quirky, four-hour extravaganza, produced by British director Danny Boyle of “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting” fame. So far there’s been no official explanation as to why a montage featuring the logos of previous Olympics didn’t include Atlanta.

ESPN notes that a famous Atlantan also was slighted during the telecast: “An entire tribute to the history of British pop music, right down to an East London rapper, and no mention of Elton John? Maybe he’s been disowned because he lives in Atlanta now?”

And who could forget the snub by then-International Olympic Committee czar Juan Antonio Samaranch, who declared Atlanta’s 1996 effort “most exceptional” during that year’s Closing Ceremony? At previous games Samaranch, a former top official under Spain’s fascist dictator Francisco Franco, had congratulated the host city for holding the “best Olympics ever. “

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July 28th, 2012
4:25 pm

Who gives a damn????

Frank Furter

July 28th, 2012
4:26 pm


July 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

Polishing the bishop ;)

August West

July 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

Maybe if Atlanta was seen as being serious about being a world class city, it might get more respect. Most of the world couldn’t care less about UGA football. Atlanta fears all things different.


July 28th, 2012
4:38 pm

Izzy ate the logo.


July 28th, 2012
4:38 pm

who cares, the Atlanta Olympics were mentioned a million times in the NBC broadcast..

Southern Comfort

July 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

The rights to the Atlanta logo were sold at the street vendor venue by Bill Campbell.


July 28th, 2012
4:52 pm

The 96 Atlanta Games were about money. Period. That was Samaranch’s observation, and he was right.

of course

July 28th, 2012
4:54 pm

We got what we wanted out of the Olympics and we have no debt from it. Sounds OK to me. Who cares if the IOC did not have a grand old time.


July 28th, 2012
5:00 pm

glad they didnt mention our city in their CRAPPY opening ceremonies… the whole thing just SUCKED!


July 28th, 2012
5:11 pm

You don’t get the highest praise when a bomb goes off in your Olympic Park during the games.

A happy resident

July 28th, 2012
5:12 pm

Seems to be a few comments here from disgruntled Atlantans. Why not move if you are not happy. No one will ever agree with everything that is done here, but it sure beats a bunch of other metropolitan areas. It will never be perfect, but neither will any other city.


July 28th, 2012
5:17 pm

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Mine is that the IOC and Boyle can go “pound sand”.


July 28th, 2012
5:17 pm

The Atlanta games were an embarrassment to anyone who lives in Atlanta. Our official shirts should have been airbrushed and sold at funnel cake stands. The sooner the world forgets, the better for us!


July 28th, 2012
5:20 pm

Atlanta was shown for the ignorant city that it is.


July 28th, 2012
5:21 pm

Yeti, you’re right on the money!


July 28th, 2012
5:22 pm

L.A. 1984 was also missing.

The Truth

July 28th, 2012
5:22 pm

We all pretty much agree, ATL did just a fair job.
And the IOC is getting to be a “left” wing outfit anyway.

Two Hoots

July 28th, 2012
5:23 pm

Billy Payne made sure that all of his construction cronies were taken care of first and there just wasn’t enough money left to pay Samaranch as much as he demanded. The brits opening ceremonies sucked. It was a lack luster attempt to copy Atlanta’s Opening Ceremmoney but fell flat except with the news idiots who have to say what they are told because they are mindless twits.


July 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

Our games were OUR games. Be proud. And those of you who aren’t, go to hockey sticks.

Each to their own

July 28th, 2012
5:28 pm

I’ve seen Atlanta’s ceremony rated 2nd and 3rd recently for best ceremony. One of them had Beijing sixth, but it’s all in what you’re looking for personally. Atlanta’s problem for the whole games was local politicians interfering and a lack of artistic resources.

I did like a number of the elements in the London ceremony, but some of the songs went on way too long, especially some of the heavy metal, etc, and seemed inappropriate for the venue. Cheapened the whole show.


July 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

The only really decent feature about London’s opening ceremony was the 007/Queen bit. The rest of it was rather ordinary. Using Mr. Bean and Sir McCartney was kind of cheesy. If Benny Hill was still around I’m sure we would have seen him. At then it would have been fun.


July 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

I remember being in the kitchen with my mother when they announced Atlanta was going to host the Games. I remember seeing the Olympic Park area transform from a dump to a great beautiful area for tourists. I remember the free concerts at Olympic Park. I remember the Olympic flame going through my hometown of Norcross.

I also remember having to tell the bus driver how to get to the venues because he had just gotten to Atlanta from Chicago the week before the Games started,so he didn’t know the city. I remember going to bed at midnight and missing Kerri Strug’s vault because I already knew the US women,s gymnastic team won and NBC would not show the events live so they could up there ratings. I remember buying $3 Cokes (which at the time was outrageous) and not being able to walk down the sidewalks because of the vendors. I remember waking up on Sunday morning to go down to watch track and field and leaning of the bombing.

Yes, I remember both the good and the bad of the Olympics, but the good memories by far outweigh the bad. I’m proud that my hometown ofAtlanta was the host of the games, and I’m proud to say that I was there to see it happen!


July 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

I wasn’t aware it was even time for the olympics anyway. Where will they be held this year?

My Two Cents

July 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

We had our day; let London have theirs. On the bottom line no one really cares. Although I did hear announcers refer to Atlanta at times. Let the games begin!


July 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

Welcome to Atlanta.

Hugh Jass

July 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

When I went to the Atlanta Olympics I was embarrassed as a resident that they sold way too many vendor licenses. There were probably 1,000 stands in a small area trying to sell crappy t-shirts.


July 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

Who frickin cares?!


July 28th, 2012
5:58 pm

As a famous sports caster observed: the only thing more boring than track is field. Thank Gawd for cable tv.

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July 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

Atlanta didn’t deserve to be mentioned. I was ashamed at the Downtown politicians trying to get rich and enrich their cousins, autnts, brothers, etc. They destroyed the Olympic dream and forever soured this city in the minds of people all over the globe. I was born and raised in this town; I have never felt worse about it. This once great city is a dung heap. Incidentally, only fools and thieves will vote in favor of the TSPLOST; it will be the same as the Olympics. Politician will get rich and they people will get nothing but the bill.


July 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

Our Olympics will unfortunately always be marred by the senseless violence of the bomb in the park. We have at least one venue that sits empty and rotting away (the cycle competition area at Stone Mountain). Agreed no long lasting debt. I don’t see we got much of a big economic boon. It was a tremendous honor to be the host city, Atlanta. And it was the best commute we have ever had!


July 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

The Atlanta Olympics were a blessing to our city and residents. The people of ACOG, and none more than Billy Payne who pioneered this dream when it bordered on preposterous from 1987 to 1990, deserve our forever thanks. I could go on and on.

I really would appreciate knowing the official reason Atlanta’s Centennial Games, no less, was excluded on the televised poster montage introduction. I’m sure it was an oversight and one officials feel badly about. Good luck, to everyone in London ! Appreciatively,


July 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

Let’s not be so thin-skinned. Having said that, it should be noted that the Atlanta Olympics were not better then Barcelona’s. So, our olympics were “most exceptional” not “best ever.”

The best that can be said about the 1996 olympics (as a production) is that it did not leave the city in crippling debt. Billy Payne and Co. had Montreal in mind and made solvency priority number one. To that end, we got what we paid for.

Be happy that the city did not go bankrupt from hosting the games. Enjoy the London games and don’t be so sensitive.


July 28th, 2012
6:19 pm

I live here and i can tell you this… I dont give a crap about this backward az racist city.


July 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

We are the only Olympic city that today, in no way, feels like an Olympic city. We didn’t fail to host a great Olympics. We completely failed at turning this city into something special. Atlanta is no London, Barcelona, or Vancouver. It’s covered in graffiti, smog, and traffic. It’s a failure.


July 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

The Atlanta Oympics made Atlanta a real international city for the first time and put us on the map. It was not correct we were left out of the past Olympics mentioning in the tribute, probably politics…

Also for the record, many of us who live IN ATLANTA are for the TSPLOST because we know it will help ease congestion and attract companies to the city creating jobs. This is not a political issue and I am sad people see everything as bad the government tries to do. Hell, lets close our schools, dismantle our military, let our roads go to pot, and stop paying taxes….that will fix those gvmt baddies lol lol lol (as we go back to the dark ages).

Newt Gingrich played a part

July 28th, 2012
6:31 pm

I’m sure Newtie and company helped in their decision NOT to include Atlanta


July 28th, 2012
6:49 pm

I am proud of the job Atlanta did with the Olympics. We have a great city and great citizenry. I was honored that people from around the world came here for the games, and I salute all those whose hard work was rewarded by the IOC choosing Atlanta to host the games.
Every time I go to the Olympic park area I am amazed at the transformation that has taken place there. An area that was nothing but blight and warehouses has become the center of downtown’s resurgence. Billy Payne did this city right. No Olympic debt. And a revitalized downtown. A tremendous legacy that can’t be marred by a few words the IOC did not say.

Monica KP

July 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

The ATL games felt rinky-dink and amateur… parking was not adequate, bad roads, transit was and is still not friendly for users, it was hot and sticky, we had the bomb, and there’s nothing really great to do here since there are no decent attractions, really…and nowhere to cool off. It was just a big cluster mess of cars and parking lots in a hot bed of traffic and congestion in a non-walking city. The closing ceremonies seemed amateur (I was there), and who can forget the French Fry cup? Grade C or C+… And the down-home “leaves-quilt” motif thing with Izzy were both just stupid.

Monica KP

July 28th, 2012
6:55 pm

And there was nowhere to shop downtown…. just vendor tents of carnival junk everywhere.


July 28th, 2012
7:01 pm

It’s all George Bush’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Someone who DOESN'T hate capitalism

July 28th, 2012
7:08 pm

For “Southern Comfort” and the other Atlanta-bashers: Atlanta and Sydney provide the model for public-private partnerships in hosting an Olympics. So the walk to venues was lined with t-shirt vendors. We were left without paralyzing debt (see Greece) and with venues that continue to complement the city (cf China, London). It’s so easy to crap on everything from your positions of artistic superiority, but the reality is that the Atlanta games were wonderful–save for the significant intrusion of domestic terrorism. I know it is hard to believe that we didn’t manage to manufacture 500 years worth of history and culture for the games, but there was more to do and see in 1996 than when the games were awarded to the city. European sycophants should get over it and enjoy the memories and the fact that our city hosted the games without mortgaging away its future. I for one LIKE free enterprise!

Monica KP

July 28th, 2012
7:21 pm

@Someone – I like free enterprise too, but Atlanta was not and is still not a city to host the Olympics. But, we had them here and that’s something to brag about, I guess.


July 28th, 2012
7:36 pm

I was proud that Atlanta hosted the Olympics!!! Outside of the unfortunate incident in Centennial Park, we did a great job and as a native Atlantan, I took in as much as possible. There is never going to be an Olympic city where there are no issues.

I wonder how many of the negative comments here are made by people who have live here forever and or born here. I am proud to call Atlanta home!!

In watching the present games, I was remembering ours well.

Reality Check

July 28th, 2012
7:45 pm

Atlanta Olympics was bush-league. And people outside of Atlanta know what kind of a hole this place is now: Crime, thugs, heat, traffic, crooked politicians. Leave anything out?


July 28th, 2012
7:54 pm

We did pretty much drop the ball. I’ve been here 30 years and the only time I remember we even had the games are when I’m going to Hawks games and have to walk past Centennial Park. Wait, no, there was a bombing that we accused the hero of being guilty of. WTG ATL.

Blue Angel

July 28th, 2012
7:54 pm

A-T-L not mentioned? I’m glad. This place is riddled with complacency and home of the blinged up $30,000/yr millionaire. The City, County and State is embarrassing! I cannot wait to leave and watch this place become another Detroit!


July 28th, 2012
8:04 pm

It was poorly planed. I have friends in Texas and other states. They rented areas on the streets in downtown Atlanta to sell merchandise only to find out those streets were blocked off by the Atlanta police. These merchants from out of state lost alot of money. They told me they didn’t care if they ever came back to Atlanta.


July 28th, 2012
8:24 pm

The other Countrys are jealous. Atlanta did not go into debt with the Olympics.
Also I have seen other venues after the Olympics and they are falling apart and either not in use or cannot be used due to shody building. Take Montreal for example. Atlanta is able to use all of our venues for private or public uses. So stop and think about it when you are better informed.
And Good-bye Blue Angel… Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!!!!