In the spring of 2008 I was in Beijing China as they prepared for the 2008 summer games. I saw the exquisite Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube. I also witnessed the city in mass preparation for the onslaught of the athletes and expected visitors.
In the fall of 2009 I visited Sydney Australia, home to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. We saw the Aquatic Center and ANZ Stadium which are both still used for special events. We also saw the large Olympic “cauldron” which has become a fountain in Olympic Park. We also visited Melbourne. Since the Olympic Games in Melbourne were held in 1956 most of the venues have been torn down and replaced by modern facilities.
Way back in 1978 I visited Mexico City, home of the 1968 summer games. We saw the Municipal Stadium; however most of the city has no evidence left of hosting the games.
Last fall I visited Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A. home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. I have driven through Atlanta numerous times but never stopped for a visit. (BTW…It is a great city to visit!) Our visit centered near the 21 acre Centennial Olympic Park. It is a beautiful park that was unfortunately the site of a terrorist attack prior to the games. We stopped at the memorial and paid tribute to those lost.
While visiting the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta we also held one of the relay torches that were carried for the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron in Winter Games held in Vancouver Canada in 2010. (Coca Cola is a major sponsor of the Olympic Games.)
I have also visited numerous other Olympic cities, Athens, Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and the future 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. Maybe someday I will actually visit a city when the Olympic Games are in progress… only time will tell!
P.S. I am also a slight acquaintance with the 2010 Winter Games Women’s Hockey Silver Medalist Brianne McLaughlin and her parents.
Tell me about your Olympics experiences?