Rewind·Posted on Aug 1, 201620 Years Ago, The Summer Olympics Looked Very DifferentWe must never forget Kerri Strug.by Keely FlahertyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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! Sign up for BuzzFeed's Rio Roundup newsletter to get the hottest news each day of the games! If you can't see the signup box above, just go here to sign up!