The Games of the XXV Olympiad had an incredible impact on Barcelona – and the world.
Twenty five years later, we look back on one of the most successful Games ever. A celebration of sport and culture, featuring more than 9,000 athletes from 169 countries.
Unforgettable stories from the 1992 Games
As soon as I saw the Red Cross people coming towards me with their stretcher, that was it. It was animal instinct - get up and run. There was no way I was going to be carried out of the Olympics.
Derek Redmond, Athletics, GBR
About the Ceremonies
The Olympic flame cauldron was lit by a flaming arrow, shot by Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo in what is one of the most memorable torch lightings of the modern Olympics.
Jewel in the sun
Such a beautiful horizon / Like a jewel in the sun / For you I would be a seagull over your beautiful sea / The bells are ringing / Open up your doors to the world
"Barcelona" - Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé
Barcelona in our Original Series
For the first time since 1972, the Games were boycott-free as a wave of political change swept across the world. Apartheid had been abolished in South Africa, the fall of the Berlin Wall saw the reunification of Germany, while the break-up of the Soviet Union saw 12 of the 15 former Soviet republics compete as a 'unified team'.
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Let's try this out
Three demonstration sports featured at Barcelona 1992: Taekwondo, Roller Hockey and Basque Pelota. Taekwondo would become an official sport eight years later at Sydney 2000.
Barcelona 1992 Demonstration Sports