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#11 czukdb07

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:39 PM

I actually remeber, attended and worked as an usher at the 1978 and 1979 Sports Festivals in Colorado Springs. As a member of the Boy Scouts/Webelos, we worked some of the events to help direct people to their seats. I was also a batboy for the West team in 1979. As a young man(boy), it was awesome to meet some of the big sports figures of the time. I remember meeting Bruce Jenner and Mark Spitz in particular. It is definitely a shame that they no longer hold these festivals. It is a memory I still cherish some 30 years later.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:39 PM

i certainly remember the olympic sports festival and national sports festival. I was in colorado springs in 1978 and 1979. I was in indianapolis in 1982 and i was in houston in 1986 as a member of the east baseball team

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:19 PM

Ahhhh, fond memories for me as well. My first Olympic Festival was 1982 in Indy, which was also my first gold medal. These events were so great for all the national athletes who were fighting like mad to break into the apex of their individual sports. I remember competing in the '86, '87, 89, 90 Festivals where I won I nice collection of gold, silver and bronze medals! My career as a Table Tennis champion ended in '90 as head coach of the women's team in Los Angeles. I so wish that these festivals were still available for our young athletes, they will truly be missed by our entire nation!! :(

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:22 PM

Ahhhh, fond memories for me as well. My first Olympic Festival was 1982 in Indy, which was also my first gold medal. These events were so great for all the national athletes who were fighting like mad to break into the apex of their individual sports. I remember competing in the '86, '87, 89, 90 Festivals where I won I nice collection of gold, silver and bronze medals! My career as a Table Tennis champion ended in '90 as head coach of the women's team in Los Angeles. I so wish that these festivals were still available for our young athletes, they will truly be missed by our entire nation!!

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 12:44 PM

I attended the National Sports Festival in Baton Rouge (1985) and US Olympic Festival in Houston (1986) as a spectator. In 1987 (North Carolina), I had VIP credentials from the Greater Houston Sports Foundation and in 1989 (Oklahoma City), I attended with Official Observer credentials (also from the Greater Houston Sports Foundation). Having credentials sure gives one a different perspective of the Games. After that, the remaining Festivals, (1990: Minneapolis, 1991: Los Angeles, 1993: San Antonio, 1994: St. Louis, and 1995: Denver), I worked as a reporter-journalist for various publications covering the Festivals.

They were great events and I wish the USOC would reinstitute something similar in off-Olympic years. There was an abundance of ideas for stories and I never had trouble finding a story line to write about.

The USOC needs to go back to the basics in promoting the games. Events such as the National Sport Festival-U.S. Olympic Festival gave the grassroots fan a chance to see Olympic caliber-Olympic hopefuls. Many of said fans will never have a chance to attend a Summer or Winter Olympics and events similar to the Festivals would be a great chance to promote the Olympics and make many more people a fan.


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Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:47 AM

Hi, The Power the US hold I think the current President should consider for re-conducting US Olympic games.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:20 PM

Texsportpub any grassroots based Olympic event has to be a good thing - lets hope they reinstate something soon - although I guess the financial climate won't help pay for it.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:40 PM

Texsportpub any grassroots based Olympic event has to be a good thing - lets hope they reinstate something soon - although I guess the financial climate won't help pay for it.


Yes, the financial situation would make it difficult, but sponsorship money is always out there. The financial market here in Texas is not so bad. Except for gas prices, things are pretty stable and building is going on all over the area. We usually have 2-3 national and Olympic level events in the area every year. They never have trouble finding sponsors and as I stated earlier, sponsorship money will always be there. However, the competition for said money will be greater. More grassroots programs are needed. I was surprised with the IOC came forth with the idea of the Youth Olympics, which should enhance the visibility of the Games and the movement. I attended the AAU Junior Olympic Games in 2004 and 2005, as a coach and a journalist. They are, as far as I know, the only complete multi-sport games in the United States. The World Scholar-Athlete Games and their domestic version, the United States Scholar-Athlete Games are contested every four years, but the participation is limited to certain sports and participation is stressed more than competition. In any case, the United States needs to come up with something to keep interest high and eyes focused on the Games and its movement.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:53 PM

I don't think events need to be multi sport to necessarily gain attention - the problem with multi sport events is they are expensive and are limited in where they can be held. Individual sports events might be a better way of raising participation as they are likely to reach more people.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:49 AM

I don't think events need to be multi sport to necessarily gain attention - the problem with multi sport events is they are expensive and are limited in where they can be held. Individual sports events might be a better way of raising participation as they are likely to reach more people.


Single or similar sports multi-events festivals may be the way to go. The USOC and other sports groups need to get back to hosting these events. The NCAA held the Winter and Spring Division 2 Festival here in the past year, and the attendance was okay, but nothing close to the crowds they got during Olympic Festivals. Hopefully they will come up with something. It is a nitch that needs to be filled.




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