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Barcelona 1992

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.

Inspirational Days

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

This is the Dream Team

All the matches and all the action from the most dominant team to ever participated at the Games: the 1992 USA Men's Basketball team.
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All the matches and all the action from the most dominant team to ever participated at the Games: the 1992 USA Men's Basketball team.
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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

1992-2017

1992-2017 People in Barcelona today celebrating the anniversary of the Games.

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'.

THE MASCOT

THE MASCOT The name Cobi was chosen because it is simple and easy to pronounce in most languages.

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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

Let's get the party started!

Re-live opening and closing ceremonies from the Olympic Games. From Barcelona's Archer to Muhammad Ali. From Li Ning walking on air to Sir Paul McCartney. Simply the best.
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Re-live opening and closing ceremonies from the Olympic Games. From Barcelona's Archer to Muhammad Ali. From Li Ning walking on air to Sir Paul McCartney. Simply the best.
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Barcelona 1992 in facts and numbers

257 sets of Olympic medals were at stake in 1992. 9,356 athletes participated: 2,704 women and 6,652 men. 169 were the participating countries.

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