Home of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games where the Legacy Continues and Champions Grow.
Fields’ Family Legacy
Mr. Bill Fields was a member of the Great 8 rowing crew, who captured the Gold Medal in the 1952 Olympics. After his military service, he returned to Gainesville, where he consulted with the U.S. Olympic Atlanta Organizing Committee, who chose Lake Lanier to be the sight of the 1996 Rowing and Canoe/Kayak events.
Because of his role in creating Lake Lanier Olympic Park, we are proud to welcome visitors at our entrance with a beautiful butterfly garden in honor of him and his family. The Fields family will always hold a special place in our hearts as they are the reason the Lake Lanier Olympic Park exists.
1996 Olympic Games
The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue was built for the 1996 Olympic Rowing and Canoe/Kayak Competitions. The original timing tower remains today and is the last remaining venue from the 1996 Olympic Games that continues to be used for its original purpose.
Gainesville-Hall ’96 is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst and to unify community efforts relative to participation in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and other events which will have significant impact on our community before, during and after the 1996 Games.
World Championship Events Hosted on Lake Lanier
1996: Centennial Olympic Games 1997: National Canoe/Kayak Championships 2003: Senior World Canoe/Kayak Championships 2010: National Rowing Championships 2011: National Canoe/Kayak/Rowing Championships 2014: National Canoe/Kayak/Rowing Championships 2015: National Rowing Championships 2016: Pan American Championships 2018: ICF Dragon Boat World Championships
Canadian Team Trials 2016, 2017 US Team Trials 2016, 2017