1992 Summer Olympics: What happened on this day in the history

first_imgIn Barcelona, Spain, the opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXV were held on July 25, 1992. After the first games since 1972, professional athletes were allowed to participate for the first time. All member nations of the International Olympic Committee completed which resulted in the highest number of participants, as many as 169 countries participated, in the history of Olympics.Event witnessed many firstsIn 1992 summer Olympics, after the disintegration of Soviet Union, twelve former soviet states fielded as a united team, while others such as Estonia and Lithuania fielded their own teams for the first time since Berlin Olympics of 1936.Former Yugoslavian territories Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia participated under their own flags for the first time.South Africa, which was banned in 1960 for its racist apartheid policy, participated in the Olympics for the first time.About The Dream TeamUS men’s basketball team, nicknamed The Dream Team was one of the most anticipated performances of the Olympics.Star players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley competed alongside 11 other NBA All-Stars and Duke University standout Christian Laettner.Before the US game against Angola, the Angolan players posed for pictures with their American competition and asked for autographs while the American team was relaxed, confident and often joked with the press.The Dream Team won the gold in the games, beating their opponents by an average of 44 points.Why did Deratu Tulu shine in the Olympics? Deratu Tulu of Ethopia, winner of the 10,000 metres created history. She was the first-ever black woman to win an Olympic medal.advertisementShe did a victory dance with white South African competitor Elana Meyer to celebrate South Africa’s recent abolishment of apartheid and as a symbolic gesture of African unity.Other memorable moments from the games included American Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s second consecutive heptathlon victory, Carl Lewis’ third consecutive gold in the long jump, and host country Spain’s gold-medal performance in men’s soccer.(Written by Soumya Goyal)Also read: World’s first and only life skills Olympiad launched in 100 countries: How to registerAlso read: Science and Mathematics Olympiad: Assessing raw talent at an early stagelast_img

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