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Atlanta's Olympic Park: An example of post-bombing resolve

Posted by Dan Egan  May 9, 2013 02:45 PM

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This week, I spent a day observing and speaking with people at the site of the 1996 Olympic bombing in the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The day was inspired by thoughts of what happens years later after a tragic bombing event.

What touched me was that the park paid tribute to Barron Pierre de Coubertin, a man considered the founder of the modern day Olympic movement. He once said, "Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history." The 1996 Olympic bombing claimed one life and injured 111 people.

It was a pipe bomb with nails and screws and the event transformed an evening of celebration into a foreshadowing of modern life. You can see the imprint of a nail left in one of the monuments below.

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Barron Pierre de Coubertin

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"The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete." - Pierre de Coubertin

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"Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for." - Pierre de Coubertin

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