February 25, 2006
THE WORLD ON OUR BACKS
I’m tired, it’s almost over, and it is the time of the
Games when everyone is both ecstatic at the prospect of going home, and yet
sad to think that this enormous event of which we have all been a part is
ending, yet again.
There are lots of things that make the transition from an Olympic city back
to your home city difficult. A new place has become familiar to us
here, as has spending a few minutes of each day wandering through it, discovering
its secrets, and learning about its past. A brief walk on a rare sunny
day with a good friend on the River Po, for example, turns into a
lesson about the Basilica di Superga, a baroque church that stands
over 2,000 feet above the city. While creating a beautiful silhouette,
the church also marks the spot where, in 1949, a plane flying from Spain
to Torino crashed with the city’s soccer team on board. Thirty-one
people died, including team captain Valentino Mazzola.
A quick stop at an outdoor café for a cappuccino or two brings with
it a few new Olympic pins to add to the already-established vast collection.
A walk over to the Oval Lingotto includes a chance encounter with
American Shani Davis, who – with medals around his neck – smiles at
fans, agrees endlessly to pose for pictures, and graciously signs autographs.
But I think most of all, what will be missing when I land in New York will
be the fans, the hordes of them that wander through these Olympic streets,
wearing various parts of their national regalia so that it is known, without
a doubt, who they are rooting for. They joke with each other, scuffle
playfully with fans of other teams, and rather than look odd, they are right
in place, whether they are wearing the orange feather boas that are part
of the unofficial team uniform of the Netherlands, or they are athletes in
an official team jacket. It is this that I will perhaps miss most:
sitting in a venue and just staring at the backs of these jackets, upon which
the entire world seems to be represented.
Shani Davis warming up before his next event.
Crazy hockey fans!
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