Carole Wimberg Cadora's Olympic Journal of Beijing Olympics 2008, Athens 2004, Salt Lake City 2002, Sydney 2000, Atlanta 1996, Barcelona 1992, Los Angeles 1984, Montreal 1976, Munich 1972 and Mexico 1968 and...the olympic spirit. Weaving present and past, the blog gives different perspectives, working in broadcasting within the International Broadcasting Center yet includes the great fun of experiencing the games as an outsider with no credentials. (added later: Vancouver 2010, London 2012)
Today North Korea announced that itWILLparticipate in the 2018 Olympic Games.
At the Olympics in Sydney, Australia, in the year 2000, North and South Korea marched into the grand Opening Ceremony together. There is little doubt in my mind that there was more cheering in that stadium than ever before! This time, no doubt, cheers from the spectators in the stadium and around the world will cheer on and on and on and on as South Korea WITH North Korea march into the Opening Ceremony together.
And now I will take this opportunity to apologize to you for the leader of my country. (He is feared around the world as much, if not possibly more, than the leader of North Korea.) There is a great chance that you might hear him claiming the glory of it all, he might say, "Because of me, this wonderful event is happening. They are walking into the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Games together because of me." So, in advance, just in case he talks like that... I beg your pardon.
The Olympics Games, yet again, could be a catalyst for peace.
The new year opened with the leader of North Korea reminding the world and threatening that the nuclear button is always close by. Then in the same annual address he expressed a desire to participate in the Olympic Games.
Many people in the world consider Kim Jong Un a threat to peace (as many do our potus) and are surprised that he is expressing a desire to have his country participate in the games. Must remind myself over and over...it is not the people it is the government that threatens war.
Am also reminded that in the year 2000 at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia, North and South Korea marched into the grand Opening Ceremony together. The cheers from the spectators were overwhelmingly supportive, they cheered on and on! Again, together they were, North Korea and South Korea, for the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2006 Turin Olympics.
Fine Arts as a major led me into Education, Education led me into technology. Now one of my desires is to return to the Arts and paint Olympic works of art and perhaps even design a pin.
I was given several pins then started collecting pins. Never collected seriously, simply added to my collection if a pin was interesting, had a good message or was designed well.
There are many pins out there, even official pins, that didn't catch my eye. But this is an example of one pin in my "preferred box" collection from 2002 that is interesting, well designed and has a message. No doubt most folks who were preparing for the games for so many years were delighted to finally move into the year of the games.
Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 with a photo of a 2002 pin from my collection!
Happy New Year Olympic Pin Salt Lake, January 1, 2002 It is interesting, well designed and tells a story!
If you have read some previous posts on this blog, you might know why my enthusiasm for the Olympic Games is...ongoing.
Perhaps because I lived in so many different countries my desire for peace in the world is also...ongoing.
When you love so many countries and their culture, their music, their people...The Olympics, a conduit of Peace in the whole world, sustains your confidence in humanity and for me and many other Olympic friends, quite simply, the Olympic movement gives us a sense of balance.
Tonight, new year celebrations from Sydney's famous bridge, New York's Times Square, Paris's Eiffle Tower to Dubai's Light Show...the world celebrated beautifully. When all the energy comes together at the ceremonies of the Olympic Games, my heart soars!
The ban has been lifted for the USA Wrestling Team and visas will be granted by Iran. At this time, the wrestling team and wrestling delegation will be allowed by the government to head to Kermanshah, Iran to compete in the World Cup. The Freestyle World Cup is scheduled for this month, February 2017. This brings back hope to wrestlers wishing to possibly compete in the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
The Executive Order/Travel Ban will not affect all athletes coming to USA thanks to the United States Olympic Committee and the World Olympian Association. The USOC and WOA have worked these last few days to help pave a clear path for athletes to enter and compete in the USA even though initially they were banned.
Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles sounds more committed than ever to host and bring the games back to L.A. The present executive order to ban travel for ninety days he says “unfairly targets refugees”. No doubt The Refugee Team that competed in Rio de Janeiro, who won the hearts of all, will grow larger.
Once a city becomes an 'Olympic Host City' it morphs into a magical place where the joy of the Opening Ceremony and the spirit of the olympic flame unites the smiles of the world. A host city becomes a place that brings togetherness peacefully...people from all countries and now
...people without countries.
The Olympic movement has traditionally built bridges
PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and...Los Angeles 2024? No doubt Trump's Travel Ban has caused great concern this week for one of the candidate cities for 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee does not comment on the politics of sovereign countries, however I believe there is a possibility, because of the travel ban, that LA could possibly be removed from the list of candidates. I think of Korea in 2018 and am reminded of the "World Harmony" theme of 1988. What fun co-ambassadors will bring to us all in Tokyo 2020 with Anime favorites Naruto, Luffy, Shin Chan, Pretty Cure, Sailor Moon, and Astroboy. No doubt in 2022 Beijing will delight us all with another awesome opening ceremony with a theme similar to 2008, "One World, One Dream". But with a travel ban no dreaming for our Californians am afraid to say, no LA 2024. California...beautiful California...where Walt Disney and many others have "opened their golden gates" and helped to make many peaceful happy dreams come true for people all over the world.
For Avery Brundage, former head of the IOC for 20 years, the Olympic movement was a "ray of sunshine through clouds of racial animosity, religious bigotry and political chicanery". "Here at the Olympics, there is no injustice of caste, of race, of family or of wealth."
As for me, after living in Saigon in the mid sixties during the war and having wonderful friends that were killed there, the Olympics gave me hope for peace everywhere. The Mexico Olympics of 1968 demonstrated that all cultures could come together in peace. People of the world were smiling, chatting, laughing, and singing together. The Olympic flame lifted up this heart of mine and the spark and its glow is imbedded...it has never left me. So did the magic of all the flags of the world flying together. So did the music of those grand mariachis.
At the Opening Ceremony so many birds of peace were freed, after the Closing Ceremony the field became a massive celebration of all cultures mixing together...the world was dancing as one.
The Games were part of history as far back 776 BC! An olive wreath was given to the winner of the ancient games. Additional games and prizes were added over hundreds of years. Prizes became quite grand, so grand that by 393 AD bribery and corruption caused Emperor Theodosius to ban the games!
This morning, stopped everything to listen to NPR's interview of Frank Shorter, Olympic runner, speak about his experience of living in the Olympic Village in 1972.
He gazed in wonder, as I did, at the strange visual of first, one man, then two men with black covered faces (probably black socks with holes cut out) who held rifles on the small patio inside the Olympic Village. This patio was very close to the public walkway that almost everyone used to enter the Olympic Stadium. Frank was inside the village. I was outside the village on my way to the stadium. I walked slowly then stopped as only a few others did. Most folks kept walking. Like Frank, I had never seen anything like this before. This might have been one of the first, or among the first terrorist attacks. Frank was an easy target and I was. Did we or most of the people outside or inside the Olympic Village on this beautiful morning know what was going on inside? Not at all.
Most of you now know the sad story that unfolded that day and evening. So sad for the Israeli Team, for Germany, for the future Olympics and for most of the world.
Many of you do not know that when the terrorists entered the Olympic Village and climbed over the fence late the night before or very early that morning, they blended in with the team members from other countries who were out late partying. Even the nice guys on other teams helped lift their duffle bags over the fence, of course not realizing what was inside those bags. (Yes the same kind of stuff that was symbolically placed in a huge pile, and made into a man made mountain, part of the Olympic Park. Buried guns, tanks and ammunition from WWII but covered with greenery symbolized "no more war")
Will be posting often during these Olympic weeks and will weave in
1) Reflections of my exciting life in Rio during the 1970's
2) Slices of synthesizing news with my experience at 12 Olympic Games
3) News items and human interest stories as Rio 2016 unfolds.
Must preface: prior to every Olympic Games, there are issues that simply evaporate after the Opening Ceremony. The magic of the ENERGY of the togetherness of our human family from all nations... chatting face to face, singing, dancing, playing, exchanging smiles etc...takes over!
During London’s 2012 Olympics I sat in The Swan Pub with a group of Brits who were predicting the future and breaking away from the EU. “Some day” they said, “Some day!”
While they chatted with me, I remember thinking about Taiwan. During my Summer in Taipei in 1967 so many of the people used the same phase, “Some day”, “Some day”. The people who had to leave mainland China had been dreaming and planning on returning and leading that country. “Some day” “Some day”.
Today’s big news that 52% of the people voted to leave the European Union rattled the world. It continues to rattle.
These unchartered waters are sad, so sad, for many, and very happy for others, including a few of my buddies from one of the oldest pubs in England, where democracy began!!
Their day has come. Their “Some day”, “Some day” is..........TODAY!