Recollections of the 1996 Olympics and the Atlanta Serial Bombings

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Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Dr. John Moran at the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence about my role in the investigation of the 1996 bombing of the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the serial bombings that rocked the city and its surrounding areas in the months after.  I am including a link to the podcast at the top of this page.

Exactly 20 years ago, my colleagues and I were immersed in one of the largest and most complicated criminal investigations in American history.  In the interview, I explain the lead-up to the games, our preparations for maintaining security, and our reactions to the bombing that took place at Centennial Olympic Park.

Please note that at the time of this interview, my practice was still known as The Forensic Foundations Group, which was changed to Critical Victories shortly afterward.  I wish that the change of our business had happened prior to the interview because the investigation of the Atlanta bombings was, by far, the most high-pressure, high-stakes experience I’d ever encountered.  More important, the lessons I learned shape how I speak, write, and teach about functioning effectively when the heat is on.

Special thanks go to my friend and colleague, Dr. John Morgan for his work on this podcast and for making it such an enjoyable interview.

By John Collins MA, SHRM-SCP
Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2017

John Collins is a High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories (