Countdown

June 16, 1996

Days until opening ceremonies: 33.

Update: With a month to go, most of the venues need only relatively minor finishing touches. But the Centennial Olympic Park, designed as the main downtown gathering spot for visitors, is still a collection of unfinished -- and unrecognizable -- steel and fabric structures.

Torch: It passed from New Hampshire to Massachusetts, carried along the course of the Boston Marathon before heading south to Rhode Island.

Footnote: "No. 1, the last Olympics on U.S. soil, I ended up in the soil." -- U.S. distance runner Mary Slaney, 37, on why she wants to compete in Atlanta. She collided with Zola Budd in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

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