Olympic pin trading is a
time-honored tradition for those of us who wander
through an Olympic Games. They come from many places - national
delegations have pins, as do teams, sports, corporate sponsors, and
media organizations. Pins can also be bought in Olympic stores,
preferred and honorable way of acquiring pins is through the "trade"
- one for one, if both parties consider the pins equal; a different
a more valuable pin is at stake. To obtain my "Green Jello" pin
in Salt Lake City,
for example, I needed to trade three NBC pins. The Jello pin was
the pin of SLC, emanating from the fact that people in Utah
apparently eat more Jello than anyone else in the United
States. As these Games draw
nearer, more professional pin traders will descend upon Athens,
hawking their wares, looking for trades, and determining what the most
pins are. My first pin of these Games is from TV Azteca, the
network covering the Olympics. I hope to add many more to my
before the Games are over. They embody the spirit of the games,
as national identity, and they serve as one of the smaller modes of
advertising. But for me, they are a fabulous souvenir from each
I have been to, and of all the people that I meet.
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