Man, 1996 was a very different time. The Spice Girls were just starting to blow up. Tim Roney / Getty Images Dial-up internet was still a thing. AOL / Via youtube.com And the United States hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics down in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin Fleming / Getty Images Atlanta beat out Greece for the '96 Games in a 51–35 vote by the International Olympic Committee. Michael Phelps was 11 years old at the time. Tom Pennington / Getty Images Ryan Lochte had never tweeted. Twitter: @ryanlochte And Simone Biles HADN'T BEEN BORN YET. instagram.com She was born in 1997, MORE THAN A YEAR LATER. But, regardless, it was still extremely cool. The opening ceremony was a big, gorgeous ordeal... JÃ©rÃ´me Prevost / Getty Images ...with more than a little bit of theatrics. Franck Seguin / Getty Images And Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame. Michael Cooper / Getty Images The mascot was, uhh... Ken Levine / Getty Images ...well, it was originally called “Whatizit” but that was shortened to "Izzy." Michel Gangne / AFP / Getty Images The name "Izzy" was picked by 32 American children, aged 7 to 12. It was the first year at the Olympics for women's soccer... David E. Klutho / Getty Images ...and Team USA won the gold against China in the women's soccer final. Franck Seguin / Getty Images It was also the first year that beach volleyball, mountain biking, and lightweight rowing were included in the games. Franck Seguin / Getty Images Michael Johnson became the only man in history to win gold in both the 200- and 400-meter sprints... Wally Mcnamee / Getty Images ...and set new world records for both. Wally Mcnamee / Getty Images Deon Hemmings won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles, becoming the first Jamaican woman to medal Olympic gold in an individual event. Wally Mcnamee / Getty Images US swimmer Amy Van Dyken became the first American woman to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Simon Bruty / Getty Images Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, standing at 4 feet and 8 inches, broke his own record and became the first weightlifter to win gold at three different Olympics. Simon Bruty / Getty Images The US men's Olympic basketball team, AKA Dream Team II, achieved a perfect 8–0 record and beat Yugoslavia for the gold. Nathaniel S. Butler / Getty Images Lilia Podkopayeva of Ukraine won the individual all-around gold in women's gymnastics... Daniel Garcia / AFP / Getty Images ...and an injured Kerri Strug overcame an ankle injury and stuck her final vault... Doug Pensinger / Getty Images ...earning the US its first ever women's Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Mike Powell / Getty Images Ahh, memories. NBC Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Via BuzzFeed The opening ceremony begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 CT on NBC. Click here for more Olympics content!