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Basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 contests at the 1996 Olympic Games
1996 Summer Olympics
The 1996 Summer Olympics of Atlanta, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States....

were held from July 20, 1996 to August 4, 1996. Games took place at the Morehouse College Gymnasium
Forbes Arena
The Forbes Arena is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It is home to the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers basketball team. It also hosted basketball preliminaries during the 1996 Summer Olympics and was the home arena to the Atlanta Glory. It was opened in 1996 at a cost of...

 and the Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
The Georgia Dome is a domed stadium located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, between downtown to the east and Vine City to the west. It is primarily the home stadium for the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the NCAA Division I FCS Georgia State Panthers football team. It is owned and operated by the...

. For the second straight Olympic games, the American men's team composed almost entirely of NBA
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada...

 players won the gold medal. This was also the last Olympics before the inception of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Women's National Basketball Association
The Women's National Basketball Association is a women's professional basketball league in the United States. It currently is composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 24, 1996 as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association...

 in the United States and the only Summer Olympics to take place in a city with an NBA team since the league started allowing its players to compete in the games, as Atlanta is home to the Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association .-The first years:...

.

Medalists


Men's
Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley
Charles Wade Barkley is a former American professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Sir Charles" and "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association's most dominating power forwards...


Penny Hardaway
Penny Hardaway
Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association , specializing as a small forward, shooting guard, and point guard. His most productive years came in his days as a member of the Orlando Magic as well as the early...


Grant Hill
Grant Hill
Grant Hill is the name of:* Grant Hill, American basketball player* Grant Hill , Canadian politician* Grant Hill, San Diego, California, an urban neighboorhood in central San Diego...


Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008,...


Karl Malone
Karl Malone
Karl Anthony Malone , nicknamed "The Mailman", is a retired American professional basketball power forward who spent the majority of his career with the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association . Malone spent his first 18 seasons with the Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate...


Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
Reginald Wayne "Reggie" Miller is a retired American professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association career with the Indiana Pacers...


Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal , nicknamed "Shaq" , is a former American professional basketball player. Standing tall and weighing , he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA...


Gary Payton
Gary Payton
Gary Dwayne Payton is a former American professional basketball point guard. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals...


Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
Scottie Maurice Pippen is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association . He is most remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls, with whom he was instrumental in six NBA Championships and their record 1995–96 season of 72 wins...


Mitch Richmond
Mitch Richmond
Mitchell James "Mitch" Richmond is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He played collegiately at Kansas State University. He was a 6-time NBA All-Star, a 5-time All-NBA Team member and a former NBA Rookie of the Year...


David Robinson
David Robinson (basketball)
David Maurice Robinson is a retired American NBA basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs for his entire NBA career. Based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral". He and teammate power forward Tim Duncan were...


John Stockton
John Stockton
John Houston Stockton is a retired American professional basketball player who spent his entire career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the NBA from 1984 to 2003. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA records for most career assists and steals by...


Dejan Tomašević
Dejan Tomaševic
Dejan Tomašević is a former Serbian professional basketball player. He is a 2.08 m tall center.He played with Borac Čačak, Red Star Belgrade, Partizan Belgrade, Budućnost Podgorica, TAU Cerámica and Pamesa Valencia, Panathinaikos and PAOK, which he joined in September 2008.-Pro career:Tomašević...


Miroslav Berić
Miroslav Beric
Miroslav "Mića" Berić is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. Standing at 6 ft 7 in , Berić played the shooting guard position. A great scorer, he led the 2001 Euroleague in scoring with 23.3 ppg, playing for Partizan Belgrade.Berić has been a regular member of the Yugoslav...


Dejan Bodiroga
Dejan Bodiroga
Dejan Bodiroga is a retired Serbian professional basketball player.He is offten considered as one of the best players who did not play in the NBA....


Željko Rebrača
Željko Rebraca
Željko Rebrača is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. Formerly in the NBA, he finished his career with the Spanish ACB League team Pamesa Valencia.-Europe:He began his professional career in 1991 with KK Partizan...


Predrag Danilović
Predrag Danilovic
Predrag "Saša" Danilović , usually referred to in English as Sasha Danilovic , is a retired professional basketball player, considered one of the best European shooting guards during the 1990s...


Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac is a retired Yugoslav and Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the NBA. At , he played center and was known for his passing skills...


Aleksandar Đorđević
Saša Obradović
Saša Obradovic
Saša Obradović is a retired Serbian professional basketball player who spent his career in Europe. With KK Crvena zvezda he won 2 National Championships. Obradović was the head coach of BC Kyiv, he left the club due to the drastic cuts in clubs budget...


Žarko Paspalj
Žarko Paspalj
Žarko Paspalj is a retired Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator...


Zoran Savić
Zoran Savic
Zoran Savić is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. The 208 cm forward played in various European nations.-Career:...


Nikola Lončar
Nikola Lončar
Nikola Lončar is a retired Serbian professional basketball player.He played for KK Partizan , Real Madrid Baloncesto, Pallacanestro Varese, Paris Basket Racing, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Joventut Badalona, CB Breogán, CB Estudiantes and Armani Jeans Milano.Playing for KK Partizan, Lončar won the 1992...


Milenko Topić
Milenko Topić
Milenko Topić is a retired Serbian basketball player who played at the power forward position. He played for several clubs in his country and abroad, most notably with KK Hemofarm. Topić was also a member of the FR Yugoslavia national team at four major tournaments during the 1990s.-External...



Arvydas Sabonis
Arvydas Sabonis
Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a retired Lithuanian professional basketball player and a businessman. He was an eight-time European Player of the Year, winning the Euroscar Award six times, and the Mr...


Rimas Kurtinaitis
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Rimas Kurtinaitis is a basketball trainer, head coach of the VEF Riga, retired Soviet and Lithuanian basketball player who was a member of the USSR and Lithuanian national basketball teams. He played as a shooting guard and is the only non-NBA player to participate in the NBA All-Star Three Point...


Darius Lukminas
Darius Lukminas
Darius Lukminas is a Lithuanian former basketball player for the Lithuanian national basketball team and Žalgiris Kaunas...


Saulius Štombergas
Saulius Štombergas
Saulius Štombergas is a retired Lithuanian basketball player for the Lithuanian men's national basketball team....


Eurelijus Žukauskas
Eurelijus Žukauskas
Eurelijus Žukauskas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player. He played for the Lithuanian national basketball team from 1995 to 2004.In 1995 NBA Draft Žukauskas was drafted as a #54 by Seattle SuperSonics in the second round...


Šarūnas Marčiulionis
Šarunas Marciulionis
Raimondas Šarūnas Marčiulionis is a retired Lithuanian professional basketball player. He was one of the first Europeans to become a regular in the North American National Basketball Association...


Mindaugas Žukauskas
Mindaugas Žukauskas
Mindaugas Žukauskas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player. He was a captain of the Lithuanian national basketball team. In August 2006 Žukauskas transferred from Montepaschi to another Italian team Scavolini Pesaro...


Gintaras Einikis
Gintaras Einikis
Gintaras Einikis is a retired controversial Lithuanian professional basketball player. He stands at 6 ft 10 in and is former Lithuanian basketball center for the Lithuanian national team...


Andrius Jurkūnas
Andrius Jurkūnas
Andrius Jurkūnas is a Lithuanian basketball player.In 2000 Jurkūnas finished his studies at Clemson University, where he also played in the university basketball team, Clemson Tigers, NCAA. He then moved to Žalgiris Kaunas, where he played 1.5 seasons. In 2002, he moved to Polonia Warszawa...


Artūras Karnišovas
Arturas Karnišovas
Artūras Karnišovas is a retired Lithuanian professional basketball player....


Rytis Vaišvila
Rytis Vaišvila
Rytis Vaišvila is a retired Lithuanian basketball player and coach.In July 2009 signed the contract with Qianjiang Tan Tan team , but was fired at the end of 2009...


Tomas Pačėsas
Tomas Pačėsas
Tomas Pačėsas is a Lithuanian basketball player and coach.- Awards :* 1996 Olympic games basketball bronze medalist* 1998 LKL vicechampion* 2001 North European Basketball League champion...

Women's
Teresa Edwards
Teresa Edwards
-External links:******...


Dawn Staley
Dawn Staley
Dawn Michelle Staley is an American basketball player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. She was named the University of South Carolina women's head basketball coach on May 7, 2008...


Ruthie Bolton
Ruthie Bolton
Alice Ruth Bolton , better known as Ruthie Bolton and also by her former married name of Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, is a former collegiate, Olympic and professional basketball player. Bolton played in the WNBA from 1997 through 2004 with the Sacramento Monarchs. She played collegiately at Auburn...


Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Denise Swoopes is an American professional basketball player who, subsequent to being waived into free agency, signed to re-join the WNBA to play with the Tulsa Shock in 2011. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created. She has won three Olympic Gold Medals and...


Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Lynn Azzi is the head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of San Francisco. Azzi is a former collegiate and professional basketball player.-College years:...


Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie
Lisa Deshaun Leslie-Lockwood is a former American professional women's basketball player in the WNBA. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner...


Carla McGhee
Carla McGhee
Carla McGhee was an American basketball player most notable for her career at the University of Tennessee. She was injured in a motor vehicle accident in 1987 and was in a coma for 47 hours, suffering brain injuries and breaking nearly every bone in her face. She was told she’d never play again....


Katy Steding
Katy Steding
Katy Steding is a former collegiate and professional basketball player and current college basketball coach.-College career:...


Katrina Felicia McClain
Rebecca Lobo
Rebecca Lobo
Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin is an American television basketball analyst and a former player in the professional Women's National Basketball Association from 1997 to 2003...


Venus Lacy
Venus Lacy
Venus Lacy , born on February 9, 1967 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a former star basketball player, at the high school, college, Olympic and professional levels. A wide-bodied, muscular 6'-4" center, at her best Lacy was an intimidating force inside the paint, both scoring and rebounding...


Nikki McCray
Nikki McCray
Nikki McCray is a former American professional basketball player. She played in the Women's National Basketball Association for eight seasons....


Hortência Marcari Oliva
Hortencia Marcari
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Maria Angelica
Adriana Aparecida Santos
Leila Sobral
Leila Sobral
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Maria Paula Silva
Maria Paula Silva
Maria Paula Gonçalves da Silva, also known as Magic Paula , is a retired Brazilian basketball player. She is considered one of the greatest players in her country, along with Hortência Marcari and Janeth Arcain...


Janeth Arcain
Janeth Arcain
Janeth dos Santos Arcain is a retired Brazilian professional women's basketball player. She played in the United States for the Houston Comets in the Women's National Basketball Association from 1997–2005.-WNBA career:Arcain was one of the original players selected from the WNBA's inaugural...


Roseli Gustavo
Marta Sobral
Marta Sobral
Marta de Souza Sobral is a former Brazilian female basketball player. Sobral, while a member of the Brazil women's national basketball team, participated in three Summer Olympics , and won a medal in two of them . She is the sister of fellow Brazilian basketball Olympian Leila Sobral.-References:...


Silvinha
Silvinha
Silvia Andrea Santos Luz nicknamed Silvinha is a Brazilian women's basketball player. She represented her country twice at the Summer Olympics, starting in 1996 , and won a silver and a bronze medal with the Brazil women's national basketball team.-References:...


Alessandra Oliveira
Cintia Santos
Claudia Maria Pastor

Robyn Maher
Robyn Maher
Robyn Maher is a retired female basketball player from Australia, who played for the Sydney Uni Flames. A three-time Olympian she was a member of the national women's team that won the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.-Personal life:Maher is married to former Opals...


Allison Cook
Allison Tranquilli
Allison Petra Cook-Tranquilli is a retired female basketball player from Australia, who played for the Melbourne Tigers and PVSK Pecs in Hungary. A two-time Olympian she was a member of the national women's team that claimed the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,...


Sandy Brondello
Sandy Brondello
Sandra Anne Brondello is an Australian women's basketball player who played in Australia and the WNBA before retiring to become a coach, most recently with the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA. The 1.70 m Brondello is one of Australia's all-time best shooting guards...


Michele Timms
Michele Timms
Michele Margaret Timms is a retired Australian professional basketball player who played for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association...


Shelley Sandie
Shelley Sandie
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Trisha Fallon
Trisha Fallon
Trisha Nicole Dykstra née Fallon is an Australian basketball player in the Australian Women's National Basketball League and the Women's National Basketball Association in the United States...


Michelle Chandler
Michelle Chandler
Michelle Louise Chandler is a retired female basketball player from Australia, who played for the Melbourne Tigers. She was a member of the national women's team that won the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.-References:*...


Fiona Robinson
Fiona Robinson
Fiona Mary Robinson-Hannan is a retired female basketball player from Australia, who played for the Perth Breakers....


Carla Boyd
Carla Boyd
Carla Maree Boyd is an Australian former professional basketball player in the WNBA as a forward for the Detroit Shock...


Jenny Whittle
Rachael Sporn
Rachael Sporn
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Michelle Brogan
Michelle Brogan
Michelle Brogan is a former basketball player from Australia, who won the bronze medal with the Australia women's national basketball team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia...



With U.S.A. winning the gold medal, Scottie Pippen would become the first (and to this date, the only) person to win NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice, having played for Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois, playing in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was founded in 1966. They play their home games at the United Center...

 in the NBA Finals
1996 NBA Finals
The 1996 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 1995-96 NBA season of the National Basketball Association. The Seattle SuperSonics of the Western Conference took on the Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference, with the Bulls holding home court advantage...

. He had played for the Bulls in and later that year, for the "Dream Team" at the Barcelona Olympics
1992 Summer Olympics
The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, in 1992. The International Olympic Committee voted in 1986 to separate the Summer and Winter Games, which had been held in the same...

.

Qualification


An NOC
National Olympic Committee
National Olympic Committees are the national constituents of the worldwide Olympic movement. Subject to the controls of the International Olympic Committee, they are responsible for organizing their people's participation in the Olympic Games...

 may enter up to one men's team with 12 players and up to one women's team with 12 players. The reigning world champions and the host country qualify automatically, as do the winners of the five continental championships, plus the runner-up and third place from the Americas, the runner-up from Asia and the second through fourth places from the Europe tournament. For the women's tournament, the extra teams consisted of the runner-up from the Americas, in addition to the second and third places from Asia and Europe.

Men


Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania | Automatic qualifiers






World champions
1994 FIBA World Championship
The 1994 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Canada from August 4 to August 14, 1994. The tournament was held at SkyDome and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto as well as at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton...

 and Olympic hosts

Women


Africa | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania | Automatic qualifiers





World champions
1994 FIBA World Championship for Women
The 1994 FIBA Women's World Championship was hosted by the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia from 2 June to 12 June, 1994. Brazil won the tournament, defeating China 96-87 in the final.- Competing nations :-Final standings:-References:...


– Olympic hosts

Format

  • Twelve teams are split into two preliminary round groups of six teams each.
  • The top four teams from both groups qualify for the knockout stage.
  • Fifth and sixth places from each group form an additional bracket to decide 9th–12th places in the final ranking.
  • In the quarterfinals, the matchups are as follows: A1 vs. B4, A2 vs. B3, A3 vs. B2 and A4 vs. B1.
    • The four eliminated from the quarterfinals form an additional bracket to decide 5th–8th places in the final ranking.
  • The winning teams from the quarterfinals meet in the semifinals as follows: A1/B4 vs. A3/B2 and A2/B3 vs. A4/B1.
  • The winning teams from the semifinals contest the gold medal. The losing teams contest the bronze.


Tie-breaking criteria:
  1. Head to head results
  2. Goal average
    Goal difference
    In sports such as ice hockey and association football, goal difference is often the first tiebreaker used to rank teams which finish a league competition with an equal number of points....

     (not the goal difference) between the tied teams
  3. Goal average of the tied teams for all teams in its group

Men


The men's event involved twelve teams split equally into two groups.
Group A:

Group B:

Women


The women's event involved 12 teams split in two groups.
Group A:

Group B:

Men's tournament


Group A

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
5 0 522 345 +177 10
3 2 427 354 +73 8 1W–0L
3 2 422 386 +36 8 0W–1L
2 3 360 502 –142 7 1W–0L
2 3 351 396 –45 7 0W–1L
0 5 280 379 –99 5

Group B

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
5 0 478 364 +114 10
4 1 492 438 +54 9
3 2 402 416 –14 8
2 3 498 494 +4 7
1 4 447 465 –18 6
0 5 422 562 –140 5


Championship bracket



Classification brackets


9th–12th Place
5th–8th Place

Women's tournament


Group A

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
5 0 424 360 +64 10
4 1 378 342 +36 9
3 2 330 309 +21 8
2 3 365 396 –31 7
1 4 347 378 –31 6
0 5 293 352 –59 5


Group B

Qualified for the quarterfinals

Team W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
5 0 424 360 +64 10
3 2 378 342 +36 8 1W–0L
3 2 330 309 +21 8 0W–1L
2 3 365 396 –31 7 1W–0L
2 3 347 378 –31 7 0W–1L
0 5 293 352 –59 5


Championship bracket



Classification brackets


9th–12th Place
5th–8th Place

Final Standings

Rank Men Women
Team |Pld |W |L |Team |Pld |W |L
8 8 0 8 8 0
8 7 1 8 7 1
8 5 3 8 5 3
4th 8 5 3 8 4 4
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th 8 5 3 8 6 2
6th 8 3 5 8 3 5
7th 8 4 4 8 3 5
8th 8 2 6 8 3 5
Preliminary round 5th placers
9th 7 4 3 7 3 4
10th 7 2 5 7 3 4
Preliminary round 6th placers
11th 7 1 6 7 1 6
12th 7 0 7 7 0 7