HEADLINE PyeongChang Olympics honors experience with art

HEADLINE

PyeongChang Olympics honors experience with art

By Li Yongqun | People's Daily app

07:17, March 29, 2018

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Former Olympic athlete Audrey Brandstock offers an artistic perspective of the Olympic Games. 

Beijing (People's Daily) - For the first time in the modern history of the Olympics, athletes who also happened to be artists, were invited to participate in an art project launched by the International Olympic Committee.

The creative sports figures were asked to reveal their inner talents to provide a different angle of the Olympic experience by participating in the film “Olympic Dreams,” and collaborating on an original painting.

“Olympic Dreams is about all athletes, especially those who don't win medals, and all the people who make the Games happen, including the volunteers,” said Olympian Jeremy Teicher, the film’s director.

Some of the athlete-artists included Greek-American long-distance athlete Alexi Pappas (Rio 2016), British javelin thrower Roald Bradstock (Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988), American biathlete Lanny Barnes (Turin 2006) and Swiss fencer Jean-Blaise Evequoz (Montreal 1976).

A poetic exploration of Olympic values, the film blends fiction with reality to create a window into a side of the Games never seen before.

The fictional story revolves around a young cross-country skier, Penelope (Pappas), and a volunteer inside the Olympic Village, Ezra (Nick Kroll), who form an unlikely relationship.

Shot inside Olympic venues during the actual Winter Games, it is the only film to feature Olympic athletes in real-life competition.

Made up of five episodes, overall it reveals what it’s like to pursue Olympic dreams. 

“This project was made possible by the incredible Olympians who took part,” said Pappas.

The second part of the creative initiative, the Olympic Art Project was organized by Olympians for Olympians with PyeongChang athletes, and displayed at the Gangneung Olympic Village.

The athletes created 15 paintings, one per day, with each painting representing the Winter Olympic disciplines.

When put together, the pieces make a large painting that taps into the Olympic values, the heart of the IOC initiative.

The Olympic Art project is part of an initiative created within the framework of the Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, which aims to, “Further strengthen the blending of sport and culture at the Olympic Games and in-between.”

The artists celebrated the Olympic spirit through art, and in an effort to reach a wider audience created the hashtag #OlympicArt.

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