The Summer Games of 1992, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were hosted by Barcelona, the home city of IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch. The Catalans provided a festival of sport that was spectacular right from the opening ceremony, in which a flaming arrow fired by a Spanish archer lit the Olympic flame.
Many of the new independent republics of the former Soviet Union joined forces to compete as the Unified Team, and recently-unified Germany competed as a single entity again. The Unified Team led way with 45 gold medals, eight more than the United States. But the host nation had a wonderful games with thirteen gold medals. Great Britain came 13th overall in the medal table.