BARCELONA - Spain
Having been a hopeful candidate for the 1936 games, the Catalonian capital had to wait until 1992 for a similar opportunity, with the support of IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, a native of Barcelona.The 1992 games were marked by the return of the Republic of South Africa and unified Germany's participation under a common flag. The countries from what has become the ex- Soviet Union had not yet re-organised themselves and they were represented under the CIS colours. The team proved to be the strongest and finished up with a total of 91 gold medals.The bright red team colours of past years were discarded.The hero of the games had to be the Belo-Russian Vitali Scherbo, who was personally accountable for 6 gold medals. One of the most memorable moments of these games for spectators and television viewers alike was surely the handicapped athlete lighting the Olympic flame with an arrow. On a less positive note, there was also the wave of mass protest against the Iraqi, Koweiti and Libyan delegations, who were booed for having men only teams.