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Olympic Music and Medal Ceremony
Music is very important in the Olympics, have you considered what aspects are behind
the music to be played during the different events?
First, let´s get familiar with the Olympic Hymn.
What can you infer about the first Olympics based on the lyrics?
Words by: Costis Palamas Music by: Spirou Samara
In use since: 1896, officially adopted 1958
** click on the lute and listen to the Olympic Hymn **
Immortal spirit of antiquity,
Father of the true, beautiful and good,
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under this sky which has first witnessed thy unperishable
Give life and animation to those noble games!
Throw wreaths of fadeless flowers to the victors
In the race and in strife!
Create in our breasts, hearts of steel!
Shine in a roseate hue and form a vast temple
To which all nations throng to adore thee,
Oh immortal spirit of antiquity.
Espíritu inmortal de la antigüedad,
Padre de lo verdadero, lo hermoso y lo bueno.
Derrámanos tu luz sobre esta tierra y bajo este cielo,
Que fue el primer testigo de tu imperecedera fama.
Dad vida y vivacidad a eso nobles juegos
Arrojad, guirnaldas de flores que no palidecen
¡A los victoriosos en la carrera y en la contienda!
¡Crea, en nuestros pechos, corazones de acero!
En tus ligeras llanuras, montañas y mares
Brillan en un matiz roseo y forman un enorme templo
En el que todas las naciones se reúnen para adorarte,
¡Oh espíritu inmortal de la antigüedad!
taken from: http://www.nostos.com/olympics/#Ancient%20Olympic%20Games
National Anthems in the Olympic medal ceremonies
When winning athletes get their medals, their country's
national anthem is played while their national flag is hoisted,
can you think of the implications of this?
Can a country choose not to get their national anthem played?
Do national anthems need to be modified in a certain way?
What attitude are athletes expected to have while their opponent's national anthem is played?
Share your thoughts in the thread below.
How might you use these questions in interviews of people who are watching the Olympics? Would you expect to find differences in the responses of interviewees from different cultures?
Athlete Behavior at the Olympic Podium
Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan during the 1992 Olympic Games strategically placed American flags during the medal ceremony to cover up a Reebok label on their sweatsuits (both were under contract with Nike but Reebok was the Olympic sponsor)
How do these behaviors at the medal ceremonies compare? What do the contrasting images say about the change in focus of the Olympic Games between 1968 and 1992? Are the Olympic Games now more impacted by corporate rather than social influences?
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