Olympic Fever

Olympiazentrum: U-Bahn stop for Olympia Park, site of the 1972 Summer Olympics

 

A recent stop to the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics, coupled with the the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics, has prompted a bit of Olympic fever over here.

 

(Please, listen. It will fill your heart to the brim and your face with a grin [rhyming unintentional…sort of])

 

Let’s test some Olympics knowledge first, shall we?

No cheating now…just take your best guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All finished? 

 

Time for the final reveal:

 

First Question: Where are the Summer Olympics located this year?

 

2012 London Summer Olympics logo (click image for source)

 

Second Question: Where were the 1972 Olympics located?

 

1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany (click image for source)

 

Third Question: What was mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympics?

 

"Waldi," the daschund (click image for source)

 

Fourth Question: What was the motto of the 1972 Summer Olympics?

 

"The Happy Games" (click image for source)

 

Fifth Question: What place in terms of number of medals won did the US earn in the 1972 Summer Olympics?

 

Second place, with a total of 94 medals (click image for source)

 

 

The buildings of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich have a futuristic architecture; a stark contrast to what one typically pictures the architecture of the 60-70s.

 

 

The Olympia Schwimmhalle (Swimming Pool) looks like a giant piece of draped fabric, pinched at the top by the fingertips of a crane. It appears very natural and not at all stiff or contrived.

 

 

The Schwimmhalle is used today as a membership pool, but is open to the public. Seeing the inside of the building made it easy to imagine what it was like when the Olympics were going on.

 

 

The original ticket booths were there as well:

 

The ticket booths

 

They stood guard outside the Olympiastadion, or the Olympic Stadium:

 

The inside of the Olympiastadion, or Olympic Stadium, which housed the Opening Ceremonies.

 

The sports “pictograms,” or universal symbols to represent each Olympic sport, making it easy to identify among people of all languages, made their debut.

 

Gymnastics

 

 

Cycling

 

Records for male swimming, including Mark Spitz's world record of 7 gold medals in a single Olympics, broken only by Michael Phelps in 2008.

 

The 1972 Olympics Games were overshadowed by the “Munich Massacre,” in an event that is supposed to promote friendly athletic competition between nations and build community; a neutral zone and a “breath of fresh air” from the politics of the world.

If you’d like to read more about the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, try these links.

 

What’s your favorite Olympic sport? For summer, I like diving, synchronized swimming, beach volleyball, running, and track and field. For winter, bobsled, skiing, slalom.

Have you attended any of the Olympic Games? I went to a track and field event in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, but I’d love to make it to another.

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