February 15, 2006
Good morning --Joey Cheek -- Far beyond your gold, you displayed the Olympic spirit.
February 12, 2006
Cesana, Italy-- --Sometimes we have to look in the unexpected places. Olympic Spirit isn't tangible, doesn't have its own URL or Wikipedia entry. But it exists, and you want to see it. You flip off the television because you're pretty sure the sparkle on Katie Couric's front tooth isn't the Spirit's glimmer. Then you venture outside because that's what the Winter Games are all about. If you're not cold, you aren't doing this thing right. The Spirit is tricky. The organizers of the Games think that if they've bestowed the five-ring brand on something, it inherently has Spirit emanating off it like steam from a boiling pot of water.
January 23, 2005
You missed Salt Lake, and the weak dollar puts Turin, Italy, out of your price range next year. What's a Winter Olympics fan to do? Go to Lake Placid, N.Y., next month and relive the magic of 1980. The village of 2,600 tucked in the Adirondack Mountains is having a festival Feb. 12-27 to mark the silver anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games that includes activities at all of the original venues. Skate the outdoors rink where Eric Heiden won all five speed skating events. Cheer in the arena where a hockey "miracle" happened.
October 21, 2000
MUSINGS AND grumblings from a columnist in high dudgeon just returned from two weeks' hiatus. I had to get away, just had to. When the nonsense level gets too great, I just get away from it all. And foolishness abounded at the end of September, just as the marathon Olympic Games raced to a close. Sprinters Maurice Greene, Jonathan Drummond, Brian Lewis and Baltimore native Bernard Williams of the good old U.S. of A. won the 4x100-meter relay. They were criticized for what some considered an excessive and boorish celebration, for violating the Olympic spirit.
January 24, 1999
SALT LAKE CITY -- Take a walk along the broad avenues downtown these days and try asking for directions to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee office for the 2002 Olympics. Chances are you'll get a wisecrack instead."But they're not paying anything any more," quips one would-be Good Samaritan before offering up the requested information.For employees at the U.S. Olympic Spirit Stores scattered around the city, jokes inspired by Salt Lake's Olympic bribery scandal come pretty much nonstop. Customers refer to the shops as "the bribery store," and zing clerks about whether there will be an official Olympic pin to commemorate the scandal.
July 31, 1996
ATLANTA -- The people came. The blood was gone. And as music played once again yesterday at Centennial Olympic Park, a lost piece of Olympic spirit was reborn.Moving through a legion of armed security, about 3,000 spectators flooded the park for a morning ceremony to honor victims of the Olympic bombing and to reopen the popular park.With some on edge, some laughing, some still angry, the crowd seemed bent on sending a message to the person who did this: You can attack us. You can bloody our sidewalks and send terror through our hearts.