“Flame Catchers,” an Olympic Channel documentary series highlighting Olympic Games legacies, looked at the Centennial Games with a profile of Atlanta 1996.
The half-hour film focused on the Magnificent Seven, the U.S. women’s soccer team and the conclusion of the torch relay with Muhammad Ali famously lighting the cauldron.
Interviews were done with 1996 Olympians Shannon Miller and Janet Evans, as well as Billy Payne, the CEO of the Atlanta Olympic Organizing Committee. Plus, Kyla Ross, a gymnast inspired by Atlanta 1996 who went on to take gold with the Fierce Five in London.
Other “Flame Catchers” episodes looked at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
The U.S. could host the Summer Games for the first time since Atlanta in 2024, should Los Angeles win an International Olympic Committee members vote in September. The 2024 host city will be decided among LA, Budapest and Paris.
The LA Games dates would be the exact same as Atlanta 1996 — July 19-Aug. 4.Follow @nzaccardi