page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68
page 69
page 70
page 71
page 72
page 73
page 74
page 75
page 76
page 77
page 78
page 79
page 80
page 81
page 82
page 83
page 84

74OLYMPIC REVIEWwww.olympic.org/athletesMY GAMESIonly have one Olympic memory but, luckily for me, nothing could make my Olympic memorybetter than it is. Back when I grew up, tennisplayers thought of winning Grand Slam titles becausetennis wasn't an Olympic sport. But I was very eagerto become an Olympian when tennis was broughtback into the Games, so being part of the AmericanOlympic team in Atlanta was a huge deal for me. It turned out to be the only Games I played in, agolden moment I'll never forget.For me, the Olympic Games offers an athlete the greatest opportunity to represent your country,even more so than the Davis Cup. The way I see it, the Olympic Games is theultimate for athletes across the world, who train forfour years for their one opportunity, for that special moment. There's a certain pressure to being an Olympianthat I don't think I felt at any other moment in mycareer. On other occasions you think to yourself, 'I'll have this opportunity again'. But the Olympic Games are not there every yearand four years can be a long time in an athleticcareer. So the pressure was in making sure that youweren't leaving any stone unturned in yourpreparations.I think back to the day I actually won the goldmedal and I still don't quite know how to express inwords the sensation I was feeling at that moment;how I felt standing on the podium, my gold medalaround my neck, the national anthem playing. Iremember I heard the national anthem start and myeyes welled up with tears. I felt incredibly proudbecause it wasn't just for myself; it was for mycountry and that's a feeling you don't get whenwinning individual tournaments. In our sport, the Davis Cup is the closest youcome to it, but I can tell you that pales in comparisonto winning an Olympic gold medal. Winning a gold medal was a very differentexperience for me than winning the eight Grand Slam titles I was blessed with during my career. I always felt 'I can't believe I did this' when I won a Slam and knew that I had overcome hurdlesto do so. My Grand Slam titles meant the world to me butthe Olympic Games made me feel like I was a part ofa bigger thing; that I did something for my country.When I saw the medal count, I knew I was a part of that, and there was a very different sense of pride that I felt at that moment.RightAndre Agassi struck gold during his only tasteof the Olympic Games MYGAMESANDREAGASSIANDRE AGASSI WON THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE MEN'S SINGLES TENNIS COMPETITION ON HOME SOIL AT THE ATLANTA GAMES IN 1996 ATLANTA 1996? Men's singlesINTERVIEW: SANDRA HARWITT