I have a long history of love for the Olympic games, starting precisely 20 years ago. It was then that I cheered on my favorite gymnasts Shannon Miller and Dominique Dawes at the Barcelona games. I was 8 years old and living in Atlanta then, which had already gotten the bid for the 1996 games. My mom bought me a little t-shirt with the Olympic rings on it that I wore proudly. I may even still own that shirt.
My mom also found us a way to volunteer our way into those games, due to our Girl Scout connection. I got to volunteer at tennis, archery, and cycling. The events we went to with tickets were gymnastics, women's basketball, the gold medal baseball game (RIP, Olympic baseball), and equestrian. Some of my family from Florida came into town to join in the fun as well. I remember getting up bright and early one morning and heading downtown to watch the men's marathoners run by, too!
|Atlanta's mascot Izzy still remains my favorite!|
|A phoenix named Blaze was the mascot of the 1996 Paralympics. |
Perfect fit for both Atlanta and the paralympic athletes.
|In case you were wondering about those funky London mascots . . .|