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FLASHBACK: Muhammad Ali Lights Olympic Cauldron At 1996 Atlanta Games

Boxing icon/activist Muhammad Ali would’ve turned 75 today (January 17), and while it’s difficult to pin-point one moment from his legendary career, we thought we’d look back on this classic Olympic moment that brought a tear to the eye of most Americans.

There were countless memorable moments from the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, but the image of Ali lighting the Olympic Cauldron is one that surely stands out.

Think about it:  Could a surprise like this happen in the age of the Internet?  It’s doubtful at best, which means a surprise like this one is simply once in a lifetime.


Gold Medal Moments: Muhammad Ali @ Atlanta 1996 Games Opening Ceremony

Ali lit the Olympic Cauldron at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Narrated by those who were there and who remember it, re-live one of the greatest Olympic moments ever.



Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  True story.