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69 Αύγουστος 24, 2004

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Here is another article about the Preznits attempt to use the Olympics for his election campaign and ruin the fun for everybody.

68 Αύγουστος 23, 2004

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There has been a report that US president George W. Bush might attend the Olympics (link via TBOGG) and more specifically the Soccer finals if Iraq happens to take part. The Iraq Soccer team appears in Bush’s election adds and if the report is true he might want a photo op with them in case they win the gold. Personally I find it highly unlikely that he will attend, the Iraqis themselves don’t like the idea of being part of Bush’s campaign and this might end up more of an embarrassment than a photo op if he wants to see them after the game and they refuse. The Greeks wont be happy either, I can tell you that. The majority of the Soccer Final’s spectators will be Greek with a few Iraqis and other nationalities will be present at the O.A.K.A Olympic stadium, most of which are not that thrilled with US foreign policies and Bush Jr. I can’t imagine what sort of positive image a crowd of 50.000 people shouting “Bust Dolofone!! (Bush, Murderer!!)” or even “Bush, Malaka!!!(Bush. %$#$%!!!!)” will make for Georgie Boy and his election campaign. Greeks have nothing against the American people and we have really gone out of our way to be as polite as possible and avoid any political discussions or say anything that will make our American visitors feel uncomfortable during the Olympics. As I mentioned before the Olympics is a great way for people to have fun and I can’t see any reason why President Party Pooper should spoil it all.

67 Αύγουστος 21, 2004

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Yep! It is official, athletes and support personnel are banned form blogging during the Athens 2004 Olympics. Personally no mater what the IOC says I think this has to do with protecting the interests of large news networks like NBC. They can’t see how damaging this is for the long term I wonder? If they have any sense they will change their mind for the next Olympics. Lets hope until the end of the games we see more Olympic blogs created

66 Αύγουστος 20, 2004

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Today was My Big Day at the Olympics. I watched the preliminaries for women’s100m and heptathlon, men’s triple jump and hammer throw at the O.A.K.A stadium. I must admit it was great fun, I expected far less people but although not full, the stadium had enough people to create a good atmosphere. The crowd cheered for all the athletes, of course when a Greek athlete took his turn they wend wild. The Greek Hammer Throw guy had to bad throws and was disqualified but the triple jump guy made it. I left before the women’s heptathlon finished so I’m not sure what happened with the Greek girl there. Any way it was great fun, we cheered and shouted, did “The Wave” (usually started by the overexited Swedes) and everything. If you take out the pompous ancient glory pretences, all this overcommercializing and the obsession with records and high scores out of the Olympics they are great fun. You get to see people thousands of people from all over the world, great sporting events and generally have a unique experience. I hope some day we just see them for what they are, a great way for the whole world to have fun!

P.S. 1. I really felt sorry for the 20 km race walk guys. They raced for 20 km in the hot Athens sun and only the first 3 got cheered. I think that every single one of these guys deserved a standing ovation.

P.S. 2 I’m not going to deal with all the doping scandal crap we hear these days. I can only say that for whoever has more than 3 or 4 nerve cells in his brain all this was expected, there have been after all reports about it for at least a year now (Eleftherotypia). It is a discrase and it shows how immature we can be sometimes.

65 Αύγουστος 19, 2004

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www.OlympicBloggers.com has a list of Olympic bloggers.

64 Αύγουστος 19, 2004

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By the way for anyone who wants to do serious blogging of the Olympics you can get information for Press Accreditation from the Media Info 2004 site. I haven’t tried to contact them but I suppose they will be helpful. I don’t now what the 2004 Olympics policy on Weblogging is but they shouldn’t have any problems with it.

63 Αύγουστος 19, 2004

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Just came back from a visit to the Greek National Gallery and stroll around Kolonaki, Syndagma Square and Monastiraki. I haven’t seen so many people in the center of Athens in mid August before. It was amazing because most of them where tourists that are here for the Olympic games. Tourists normally avoid Athens witch has acquired (rightfully up to a point) the reputation of an ugly, dirty, polluted and congested city that is worth only for a quick visit to the Acropolis hill before leaving for the Islands. It was also a surprise to see Athens so clean, with old buildings restored and small parks with newly planted trees and flowers. I hope this continues and that more people will come to visit us and come back again and again.

62 Αύγουστος 15, 2004

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The ‘Eleftherotypia‘ newspaper has an article on Olympic blogs. Apparently there are at least 9 of them out there, which is very few considering. Actually one of them ‘Olympic Forum’ is a forum and not a blog. I also cannot seem to find the one titled ‘2004 Olympics’.

Athens Olympic Games Blog

Athens 2004 Blog

18 days in August

OL Weblog 2004 (Denmark)

Olympic Fever

Steve and Jo’s Olympic Adventure

The Olympics 2004

Here a some others I managed to find through Google

http://www.sporadikos-logos.org/athens-olympics/

http://blogs.scripps.com/mt-static/olympics/

http://athensolympicgames.blogspot.com/

http://stuarthughes.blogspot.com/

http://radio.weblogs.com/0132470/

And a Olympic WAP news site

http://molympics.com/

 Lets see if things will improve.

61 Αύγουστος 15, 2004

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I read an article linked from Dave Winer’s site that asks why there aren’t any weblogs covering the Athens Olympics. I think that there are some explanations for this:

 

1)      Blogging is not popular in Greece. Since there are not many spectators in these games that come from countries where blogging is popular like the US it is inevitable that there would be very few people using this medium.

2)      There is no freely and easily available internet access for the Olympics spectators. There are no wireless access points inside and outside of stadiums. The mainstream press people have access to ADSL connections but for a few exceptions there is no wireless internet available even for them. So the spectators must do with internet cafés, hotel connections and the occasional PC available in a few kiosks around the stadiums.

3)      Because of very strict security measures no authorized personnel is allowed near the Olympic village and the closest spectators can come near the athletes is by watching the games in the stadium. Even the mainstream press people can go near some areas.

 

For these reasons blogging of the Olympic games is sparse to say the least but there are a few of them around. Some belong to journalists, some belong to plain spectators. We might see more of them as the games progress

60 Αύγουστος 14, 2004

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The Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic games has just finished and I must say it was spectacular. I’m not a fan of the Olympics and I still think that it was not such a great idea to host them here in Greece. Despite my objections I’m pleased that we have done a good job so far. I hope it all runs smoothly and we at least have something to be proud of when the time comes to put our hands in our pockets to pay for all this (because we will pay for all this, a lot and for years to come).

P.S. Almost all countries from Africa, Oceania and the Caribbean had really cool uniforms. Why can Greece dress its athletes with hip cloths like that?