olympics: Technology and the Olympics. A lot can happen in four years! - 02/14/10 11:01 PM
There something special about a quadrennial event. There’s the constant aura of “it’s now or never” that drives participants to their highest level of performance. After all, four years is a relatively long time in a young person’s life.
What is even more interesting is the overall change in technology that coincides with these cyclical events. During the last Winter Games in Italy, the fabric of the World Wide Web was woven quite differently. Static web pages were the norm, and Facebook was not yet open to everyone and Twitter did not even exist.
Social networking was in its infancy in … (19 comments)

olympics: I want to know who is in charge of snow distribution. Obviously, someone has made a serious error! - 02/08/10 11:16 PM
Well, it looks like Mr. Murphy has struck again. While the Mid-Atlantic states are being bombarded with snow at record depths, the venues for the 2010 Olympic Games are experiencing unseasonably mild weather.
As a matter of fact, it’s so warm in Vancouver, British Columbia, that it is not even possible to make snow. Snow is being brought in by the truckload and is turning into a slushy mess.
Some events may have to be postponed or moved. It is a cause of great concern for event organizers and participants.
It’s just another one of those ironic twists of that reminds … (27 comments)

olympics: How to watch an Olympic Gold Medal Event...in person...for free! My personal recollections of the 1996 Atlanta Games. - 08/10/08 12:36 AM

I just can't help myself, I have Olympic fever. Due to the cyclical nature of the event, many of us measure our lives by the Olympics. I remember Rome, and Mexico City and Munich and Montreal and the list goes on and on.
In 1996, the Olympic City was Atlanta Georgia. I lived and worked in the midst of all of the action and excitement. It was a time when our city welcomed the world with open arms, and the world accepted our invitation.
One of the most interesting things that I discovered about the games was that there were … (14 comments)

olympics: Atlanta Georgia, Host of the 1996 Olympic Games looks to Beijing to Carry the Torch! - 07/20/08 01:20 PM
The summer Olympic Games in Beijing China are just a few short weeks away. As a resident witness to the games hosted by Atlanta in 1996, I can tell you that there is still a lot left to be done right up until the Opening Ceremonies.
It's hard to even imagine the number of venues needed to host the games. In Atlanta, the entire Olympic Stadium had to be constructed, as well as the Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech, the Velodrome in Stone Mountain, The Equestrian Center in Conyers, The Beach Volleyball Center in Jonesboro, The Canoe and Kayak Center in … (7 comments)

olympics: 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Put the politics aside! Why I feel a kindred spirit with Beijing China. - 05/01/08 12:00 AM
I, and most of my friends and neighbors, have a common bond with the citizens of Beijing China. Both Beijing and Atlanta share the privilege of being Olympic sister cities.
You may or may not care about the games themselves, but the Olympics are bigger than you can ever imagine. The amount of building and preparation needed for a 17 day event is unfathomable. Venues must be constructed, transportation had to be provided, security has to be implemented and the athletes, fans, and media from around the world have to be accommodated.
I was the broker at CENTURY 21 Intown in downtown Atlanta, and was … (14 comments)

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