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An Olympic Post [Jul. 18th, 2012|08:48 am]
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There's a lot I could say about the Olympics - the Orwellian mascots, the Zil lanes on the roads, the potential travel nightmares.

Here's something else, from a story in the Independent about the Olympic village, and the athletes' responses to it.

"After all those dark days of the war, the bombing, the killing, the starvation, the revival of the Olympics was as if the sun had come out... I went into the Olympic Village and suddenly there were no more frontiers, no more barriers. Just the people meeting together. It was wonderfully warm. Men and women who had just lost five years of life were back again."
Emil Zapotek, Czech Middle Distance Runner, London, 1948. Gold Medal winner.

[User Picture]From: november_girl
2012-07-18 12:12 pm (UTC)


That's lovely.
[User Picture]From: nortysarah
2012-07-18 06:47 pm (UTC)


Nice, as I think the current Olympic village looks like some kind of ghetto and not at all welcoming. I guess a lot of the barbed wire will have disappeared now that they've closed the Westfield car park, but still!
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-07-19 03:14 pm (UTC)


The reaction of many of the arriving athletes has been positive.
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[User Picture]From: littleonionz
2012-07-22 11:09 pm (UTC)


That's a very personal anecdote. I am happy that their experience was good.