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1996 Olympics: Photos from Gainesville, Lake Lanier
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John Simpson, right, runs alongside Philip Wilheit in 1996 as a torch run escort as the Olympic torch made its way through Gainesville.

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1996 Olympic torch relay at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

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1996 Olympic Games mascot Izzy makes an appearance in downtown Gainesville during the Olympic torch relay.

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Crowds gather in downtown Gainesville to witness the 1996 Olympic torch relay.

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Donna Parrish, from left, and Meagan Parrish of Gainesville along with Katie Mayfield and Dianne Mayfield of Cumming watch for the Olympic torch July 15, 1996, along Ga. 60 in Murrayville.

by Jim Cook Jr.
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Doug Ivester, then president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola, walks up Main Street on July 15, 1996, as he approaches the downtown Gainesville square with the Olympic torch.

by Jim Cook Jr.
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A crowd of 9,000 gathers on the Gainesville square July 15, 1996, as Doug Ivester, then president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola enters the square with the Olympic torch. Ivester grew up in New Holland, just outside of Gainesville.

by Jim Cook Jr.
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Doug Ivester carries the Olympic torch through a crowd of onlookers in downtown Gainesville during the 1996 Olympic torch relay.

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DeAnne Hemmens, a member of U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team, holds the Olympic torch July 15, 1996, as her teammates paddle across the venue at what is now Lake Lanier Olympic Park. A team of rowers completed the crossing.

by Tom Reed
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Jim Mathis Jr., chair of Gainesville Hall '96, lights his torch July 15, 1996, from the caldron lighted earlier in the ceremony on the Gainesville square by Doug Ivester, then president and chief operating officer of Cocoa-Cola.

by Jim Cook Jr.
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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville was the site of 1996 Olympics rowing and paddling events.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.

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Photos from The Times staff photographers from the 1996 Olympic Games events on Lake Lanier.