One-Minute Book Reviews

August 21, 2008

Australia Was the Best Modern Olympic Host (Quote of the Day / ‘The Olympic Games’)

Filed under: Nonfiction,Quotes of the Day,Sports — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 10:43 pm
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If the International Olympic Committee gave awards for hosting the summer games of the past quarter century, China would deserve the booby prize for embarrassments that began with lip sync-ing at the opening ceremony and keep unfolding. What country was the best recent host? The editors of The Olympic Games: Athens 1896–Athens 2004 (DK, 2004) vote for Australia:

“The Sydney 2000 Games were one of the greatest success stories in Olympic history. Over 10,000 athletes from 200 countries delivered the ultimate sporting even in a suberb venue.

“At the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Games, outgoing president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Juan Antonio Samaranch declared to the host nation, ‘I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever.’ Quite a plaudit, but one few would argue with. Everything seemed perfect – the organization, the athletic performance, the setting, the climate …

“The only blot on the Sydney Games was the rash of athletes removed after failing drugs tests – a record total of 35. However, it is undeniable that the Sydney Games were the high watermark of the modern Olympics, and something that future Olympic hosts will have to live up to.”

This comment comes from a publisher that, though well-respected, is based in London Do you agree with the editors? Or do you think their comments show a Commonwealth bias?

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Well, it certainly wasn’t Atlanta, which was in way over its head.

    Comment by bpeschel — August 21, 2008 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  2. You definitely don’t have to look far to find complaints about the Atlanta Games in books. And don’t forget all of those nail-biting construction delays in Athens that left people wondering if the games would go on at all. Makes you wonder if cities beginning with “A” should be disqualified, doesn’t it?

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — August 21, 2008 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  3. dam right it was!!!!
    ok, i may have only seen 3 olytmpics in my life but i think it was the bomb!!!

    Comment by hannahsmith626 — August 23, 2008 @ 2:02 am | Reply

  4. I’ve seen a lot more than three, Hannah, and I can’t think of a country that did it better, either.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — August 23, 2008 @ 9:14 am | Reply

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