Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for "Swifter, Higher, Stronger" which is the Olympic Motto.
I have been loving the Olympics this past week. Today on Music and the Spoken Word (The Tabernacle Choir), they sang, “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which has been bringing back all kinds of memories that have been flooding back into my mind.
Milt and I actually got to go to the opening ceremonies at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. I remember that it was an experience of a lifetime. It was also very, very, cold.
We also had the opportunity to volunteer for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Milt and I both volunteered at the Delta Center where the ice skating and short track speed skating took place.
The events took place in the evening, so we usually worked from 2pm-midnight. I worked at the Information Booth and had to be prepared to answer all types of questions ranging from the best place to eat, where to shop at, the best place to park, directions to all the venues, etc. Milt was a supervisor so he was able to meet some of the Olympic celebrities and was able to be inside the arena to see some of the events.
I also loved collecting Olympic pins. I have three shadow boxes full of my pin collections. Some of my favorites finds are the green Jell-O pin, cheerios in a bag, funeral potatoes, ice cream cone, I love to scrapbook, the ice skate, country pins, and I loved the pins that light up like the fire truck.
My favorite sport to watch at the Olympics is the figure skating and ice dancing. I’m looking forward to the Women’s Figure Skating this evening. I really enjoyed the men’s figure skating and the ice dancing. I have spent many hours watching ice skating because Nichole skated for about 3 years and I would sit at the ice rink and watch her take lessons and practice. I really appreciate the artistry and the athleticisms of the jumps and spins of figure skating.
Enjoy the Olympics and this is the last week of competition!