If you didn’t get enough sports coverage during the Tokyo Olympics, take heart. The Paralympics continue. They will not end until September 5, 2021. You can watch live on your computer if many commercials don’t bother you, and NBC is doing a good job of covering these many events is several formats and configurations.
Ruth & I personally got our fill of the subject when we visited the new Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs on August 3 of this year. It’s situated in a beautifully reclaimed part of downtown Colorado Springs at 200 South Sierra Madre Street.
Fourteen athletes from the United States participated in Athens at the resumed Olympic Games in 1896, and eight years later many active athletes traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, during its famous World’s Fair to compete in the 3rd modern Olympic Games between July 1st and November 23. The 2nd reincarnation of the Olympics occurred in Paris, France, in 1900. Because St. Louis, my old hometown, was a remote destination in 1904, many of the world’s best athletes did not attend these games. The United States benefited. Americans won 95 gold medals and 230 medals in all. China is currently ahead in Tokyo but fortunes change.
lgary saw at least 4 bobsleds in the new Colorado Olympic Museum. They reminded me of the bobsleigh that our family rode in the Canadian city of Calgary shortly after it hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988. What a memorable experience!
I was not aware of it, but this new Olympic Museum is so state-of-the art that it uses RFID technology to limit the number of guests in any exhibit. This relieves congestion and makes for a better overall experience. I also marveled at the beautiful pedestrian bridge that crosses some ancient railroad tracks to connect this museum to a city park. This museum was designed by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, the same firm that gave us The Shed, the new arts center in New York’s Hudson Yards. It may be the most accessible and user friendly museum ever constructed. See it on your travels.
Towards the end of this fine museum there are several Paralympic displays of interest, an acknowledgment of some events that the Olympics are not proud of like the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan kerfuffle, and even a tribute to sports painter LeRoy Neiman. Literally nothing has been left out of this Olympic experience.