Tales of war and peace as Games end – Latest News – News – Olympics –

25 Aug

“Tales of war and peace as Games end” is an upbeat story, but let’s focus there just for a moment… There are a few video highlights in my previous entry.

INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said his most memorable Beijing Games moment was the embrace between a Russian and a Georgian athlete.

The war between the two nations over South Ossetia was sparked on the night of the opening ceremony as Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the VIP seats waving to his athletes and vigorously discussing issues with US President George Bush.

Since then there have been the magic moments of Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals, Usain Bolt’s world record, openly gay diver Matthew Mitcham winning gold and a first medal won by Afghanistan. But Rogge chose a political example as his defining Beijing story.

His message was that sport and politics were intertwined and that athletes could overcome adversity…

I’d like to revisit a magic moment from the end of the 2000 Olympics. 🙂

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