I almost went with the other O Oklahoma city but at the last moment I went with Olympia as I have decided to write about the olympics. The original olympics were held in Olympia,Greece. The first modern day games took place in Athens Greece and are held every 4 years in the summer. These became known as the Summer Olympics. In 1924 the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France. In 1992 the last winter olyames and 2 years later the 1994 winter olympics were held and since then there has been a winter or summer olympics held every 2 years. Until that is the 2020 Summer games became another casualty of the corona ciris. The Tokyo games have been rescheduled for 2021.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of my olympic heroes
Jean Claude Killy
In 1968 Killy took advantage of home country advantage by winning Gold medals in the slalom, down hill and giant slalom events in the Winter olympics that took place in Grenoble, France.
Eric Liddell won gold in the Paris Olympics in 1924. He won the 400 meter race. His best race was the 100 meters which he did not participate in because the heat for the event took place on a Sunday and he refused to run on what Christians consider a day of rest. 96 years later his stand seems strange as Christians both participate and watch sporting events that take place on Sunday.
Yet, he was a man of principal and conscience. After the Olympics he served as a missionary to China. He eventually died of a brain tumor in a WWII internment camp. For more information check this article out.
If I say 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. A certain image might enter your mind of the U.S. Mens Hockey team defeating the Soviet team. Another image of Speed Skater Eric Heiden winning 5 Olympic Gold medals and setting 4 world records in speed skating is indelibly marked in mine.
I was 15 in 1980 and even thought I could hardly stand up on skates, i wanted to be Eric Heiden. After 1980 he went into professional cycling and is now an orthopedic surgeon. He has returned to U.S. olympic speed skating as their team physician in 2002, 2006, 2010 2014.
With my sincerest apologies to the Spinks Brothers, Mark Spitz and Nadia Comaneci , I cut short my list and return you to the a to z challenge.