Commemoration of the 1992 Olympics: feel the thrill of the Games like you did 25 years ago
The summer of 92 was one of the most important in the history of Barcelona. And now, 25 years later, we’re still talking about the 1992 Olympic and Paralympic Games: the time when the city became the focus of world attention, when it beat its personal best, set records, provided thrills and excitement, promoted values of solidarity and brought us sheer joy.
The Olympic Ring on Montjuïc was the main venue for the Games and so many images and sensations remain etched in the memory of locals and sports fans: the Olympic cauldron being lit by the flaming arrow fired by Antonio Rebollo; the friendly mascot Cobi who could be seen all over the city; the mosaic that shouted “Hola” to the world; the hundreds of volunteers who guided visitors and helped the event run smoothly, always with a smile on their face…
Now, to mark the 25th anniversary, the city is eager to relive that wonderful summer. Throughout July, it will be holding a series of commemorative events: exhibitions like the one at the Olympic and Sport Museum, which showcases the highlights of the Games; panel discussions; a fibre glass horse called “Olímpic” that will visit different places in the city to commemorate the spirit of the 1992 Olympics and bring us the true feeling of the Games. The BCN Film Festival, the world’s leading film festival dedicated to sport.
The anniversary of the Olympic Games also provides a unique opportunity to visit the Olympic venues and relive the most thrilling moments of the time. You can visit the sporting facilities which are now fully integrated into the city marking its entry into hosting state-of-the-art events: the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, originally built in 1929; the Palau Sant Jordi, by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki with its tortoise-shell-shaped dome; Santiago Calatrava’s telecommunications tower, with its slender outline reminiscent of an athlete’s body; the Bernat Picornell swimming pools, with their breathtaking views of the city; and the University of Sport, which is home to the Institute of Physical Education and was designed by Ricardo Bofill in a markedly neoclassical style. They are all set among gardens and landscaped areas that make up one of the city’s main green lungs: Montjuïc Park.
There is no doubt that, this summer, more than ever, Barcelona will be commemorating the time when the entire world quivered with excitement and enthusiasm.
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