Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Wassaw Sound, Savannah, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: August 1, 1996
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best nine of eleven scores to count for final placement.
Spain’s Theresa Zabell was the defending gold medalist, having won in 1992 with Patricia Guerra as her crew. She returned with Begoña Vía Dufresne in 1996, but the result was the same as the Spanish pair won the gold medal. The event was somewhat close, with Spain leading Japan slightly after 10 races, but Zabell and Vía Dufresne won the final two races to secure the gold medal. This was the only Olympics for Begoña Vía Dufresne but her sister, Natalia won silver medals in the 1992 Europe class and in 470 at the 2004 Olympics. The bronze medalists were the Ukrainian crew of Ruslana Taran and Olena Pakholchyk who had won the European 470 title earlier in the year.