On Today's Date: Muhammad Ali Lights the Torch at the 1996 Olympics

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffJuly 19, 2013

On July 19, 1996, the Olympics returned to America for the 100th anniversary of the event, and they needed the perfect representative to officially commence the centennial games. The world watched in suspense to see who would earn the honor of lighting the torch during the Opening Ceremony, and when gold medalist Muhammad Ali emerged, the crowd roared as they witnessed one of the most inspiring moments in Olympic history. 

It was a bittersweet moment for sports fans, as it's tough to see one of the greatest athletes of all time suffer through Parkinson's, but seeing Ali shine in the spotlight once again as he lit the torch and serve as one of America's representatives at their Olympics was a moment we'll never forget.

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