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Ken Burns looks back at Muhammad Ali’s appearance at 1996 Olympics


It was 25 years ago Monday that Muhammad Ali made a surprise appearance to light the Olympic cauldron and kick off the 1996 summer Games in Atlanta, an iconic moment detailed in Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary “Muhammad Ali.” Joining TODAY, Burns recalls, “I was crying.” He says Ali originally didn’t want to do the appearance because he didn’t want the world to see his Parkinson’s symptoms.