BCN '92

As the world was watching Barcelona on 25 July 1992, the city was shown to be open, welcoming, full of life and participative. This was the start of the 25th Summer Olympic Games, which were to become, at least up to that point, the "best Olympic Games ever".

172 national committees took part in the event, with 9,959 athletes competing in 32 sports and 286 specialities. It had been 20 years since the Olympic Games had been held without suffering any kind of boycott; all the athletes that had qualified for the Games were able to take part.

The city and its surrounding area underwent an extensive redevelopment programme in order to host the various competitions. 22 of the city's sports facilities were used as venues.

Those 16 days, from 25 July to 9 August 1992, allowed the world to take a closer look at the city, providing a huge impetus for Barcelona in a wide variety of areas. These included not only sport, but also social, civic, cultural and city planning affairs.

During that period, the world discovered many different Barcelonas.

A month and a half later, the 9th Paralympic Games were held. ...

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The People’s Olympiad was meant to be an alternative sports event to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, which had been awarded the games before Hitler gained power. Once in power, Hitler used the...
Elecció
On 17 October 1986, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the 25th Summer Olympic Games to Barcelona at a session held in Lausanne (Switzerland). Three votes were held, with Amsterdam...
Holsa
The Organising Committee of the Barcelona ’92 Olympics (COOB ’92) served as the structure through which the Olympic Games were prepared. It was responsible for managing all activities related to the...
Elements dels Jocs
Logo In a restricted tender held in December 1987, a jury made up of design and communication professionals, along with members of COOB'92, chose the logo designed by Josep Maria Trias for the 25th...
Cerimònies
Opening Ceremony On 25 July, over 65,000 people filled the Olympic Stadium in Montjuïc to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Barcelona '92 Olympic Games. They included 27 heads of state from around...
Voluntariat
The enthusiasm shown by the general public of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain during the 1992 Olympic Games is probably best represented by the enormous number of people who took part in the event as...

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Comitès
The 25th Summer Olympic Games held in Barcelona were the first in 20 years not to suffer any political boycott. 172 Olympic Committees took part, as stated on page 396 of volume IV of the Official...
Disciplines
Barcelona '92 hosted 28 different sports, including three demonstration sports: Basque pelota, roller hockey and taekwondo. Badminton, baseball and women's judo became Olympic sports for the first...
Medallistes
The Spanish delegation at the Barcelona '92 Games won 22 Olympic medals, including 13 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze, along with 33 Olympic diplomas. This was a record number of medals for the...
Transformació de la ciutat
The Barcelona '92 Summer Olympic Games involved one of the city's biggest-ever urban planning transformations. Montjuïc Mountain The event involved the redevelopment of part of Montjuïc mountain,...
Històries Olímpiques
During the Barcelona Olympics '92 happened a number of significant stories. Some of them were small stories that became iconic moments. Others, great moments that marked a before and after.

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