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An Ebersol moment: Ali and the ’96 flame

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 18 / 15

One of the most famous images in U.S. Olympic history — Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic torch at the Atlanta Games — almost didn’t happen. Just seven months before the start of the Atlanta Games, Olympic organizers had decided that Evander Holyfield — a hometown hero &md...

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