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Author Xeres
#1 | Posted: 25 Aug 2008 10:21 | Edited by: Xeres 
This topic was brought up under the "Unesco and other lists" discussion, so i think I'll propose it as a connection.
A connection about WHS included in the Olympics. this includes areas used for Olympic sports, or housing athletes, or ceremonies, but does not included any world heritage site in an Olympic host city (E.G. Kew in London, doesn't count).

I don't think this overlaps the "Locations for playing sport" as many WHS include able under the Olympic category aren't even places for playing sport (e.g.: in Beijing the great was used for part of the marathon).

Paris: Banks of the Seine -the seine was used for rowing a swimming events in 1900.
Great Wall, and Ming Tombs -used for Marathon, Triathlon, and Cycling in 2008
Rocky Mountain Park -used for skiing events in 1988
Sydney Opera House -Marathon in 2000
Mexico City University -used for opening/closing ceremonies, athletics, football, and water polo in 1968
Rome -used for various events in 1960

any one know any others?

also might consider a connection based on Olympic torch relay routes.

Edited to Add: Rocky Mountain Parks have ski hills, so they could be added t othe Locations for playing sport connection.

Author meltwaterfalls
#2 | Posted: 25 Aug 2008 18:01 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I did do a more generalised Olympic connection a little while back here.

I think the picking out the sites that have been used in the Olympics makes more sense.

In London at the moment we have quite a buzz as we will host the next Olympics. At the moment 3 of the London WHS will be used for that Olympics. The Marathon will start at the Tower/ Tower Bridge and head through Westminster. Greenwich will host the Equestrian events in an arena in front of the Queen's House.

Here are the original list of WHS in Olympic host cities, I will see if I get chance in the next few days to pick through sites that have actualy featured in events.

Athens - Acropolis
Paris – Paris, Pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compestella in France
St. Louis – Cahokia Mounds National Park (technically is part of East St Louis which is in a separate state but essentially is the same city)
London – Tower of London, Westminster, Greenwich, Kew Gardens
Stockholm – Skogskyrkogarden, (Drottningholm, Birkaboth could be seen as part of the municipal area but are not technically in Stockholm)
Berlin – Museuminsel, Palaces of Potsdam and Berlin
Antwerp – Plantain Moretus Museum, Belfries of Belgium and France
Amsterdam – (Defensive lines of Amsterdam, none of the sites are actually in Amsterdam but in the surrounding area but Amsterdam is a pretty important part of the inscription)
Helsinki – Fortress of Suomenlinna
Melbourne – Carlton Gardens
Rome – Rome, Vatican
Mexico City – Historic Centre of Mexico City, Casa Barraggan, UNAM (Bonus point for being next to Olympic Stadium)
Moscow – Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, Church of the Ascension
Seoul - Hwaseong Fortress, Changedeokgung Palace (must admit Korea is a weak spot for me not sure which are in Seoul and which are not)
Barcelona – Palau de la Musica, Works of Gaudi
Sydney – Sydney Opera House
Beijing Imperial Palaces, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, (Peking Man site is it too far out to count?)

Honourable mentions –
Olympia - Olympia (site of the original Olympics and still site where the torch is lit)
Ironbridge Gorge - the annual games held in the town of Much Wenlock (part of the gorge) in from 1850 were the inspiration for Baron Pierre de Coubertain (who visited in 1890) to restart the Modern Olympics.

I am not really too competant on Winter games to tie anything in sorry!

Author m_m
#3 | Posted: 25 Aug 2008 22:58 
lol... you wrote Oprah, should be Opera... anyway, that reminds me of the chicago 2016 bid... i know it's not related to this topic and the closest whs there is cahokia... interesting that chicago was supposed to host the 1904 olympics though... anyway, just a scenario here: if barrack obama wins the election, and he ends up backing the bid, then the organizing committee could also tap the support of michael jordan and oprah winfrey... so you got the giants of politics, sports and entertainment that are affiliated with either chicago or illinois which makes the bid a formidable one personality-wise... of couse, my sentimental favorite would be rio, which was nominated as a whs before (deferred decision)...

Author Durian
#4 | Posted: 25 Aug 2008 23:56 | Edited by: Durian 
[quote=meltwaterfalls]Seoul - Hwaseong Fortress, Changedeokgung Palace (must admit Korea is a weak spot for me not sure which are in Seoul and which are not)[/quote

Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are in central Seoul, the capital
Hwaseong is in Suwon, south of Seoul
Haeinsa is near Daegu, southeast of Korea
Gyeongju and Bulguksa are in Gyeongju, also southeast of Korea
jejo is an island in China east sea
Dolmen Sites are in Gochang, Hwasun (SW of Korea) and Ganghwa (on an island near inchoen city, west of seoul

The olympic link is a good idea for connection but I think we should look on WHS that actually have some connection with the competition of the game, if you use torch relay that carried pass WHS in just a few minutes, I think there would be hundreds of WHS and i don't think it's a good connection at all, even though I love the underwater torch relay in Great Barrier reef of 2000 Sydney Games.

Author elsslots
#5 | Posted: 25 Aug 2008 23:58 

This year's road cycling event finished at the Great Wall.

Author m_m
#6 | Posted: 27 Aug 2008 00:15 
note that aside from the main host city, football matches and sailing events may also be held in other cities... for certain, many of the football stadiums will be out of the historic centre if it is a whs, but a sailing event might be included if the bay of the city is part of the world heritage zone meant to protect the view and setting of the site...

note also that we may be dealing with a slippery slope here... if we have an olympics connection, some might suggest connections for other sporting events, either regional multi-sports or those limited to just one sport (i.e. football world cup)...

Author Colvin
#7 | Posted: 6 Aug 2016 13:43 | Edited by: Colvin 
Today's Men's Cycling Road Race during the 2016 Olympics has been a great showcase for the beautiful landscape of Rio de Janeiro. It also qualifies for the Olympics Venues connection:

Rio de Janeiro Men's Cycling Race - Rio de Janeiro 2016: The last half of the race featured three summits through the Serra de Carioca of Tijuca National Park and past the Jardim BotΓ’nico as part of the Vista Chinesa Circuit. link

Author meltwaterfalls
#8 | Posted: 6 Aug 2016 17:55 
You beat me to it. I've spent the last 24 hours reminiscing about our trip to Rio last year.

It certainly looks wonderful at the moment, and the men's road race really showed it off. I'm guessing there will be a few events that take place in the core zone: Beach Volleyball, Open water swimming, Sailing and Marathon

Author Colvin
#9 | Posted: 6 Aug 2016 23:53 
I've never been to Rio, but I've always wanted to visit. I'm sure it must be pretty awesome to reminisce while you watch the Olympics! As for other events that take place in the core zone, you've captured almost all the other ones I saw on the schedule; beyond the ones you mentioned, I believe the race walk and triathlon also will take place in the core zone.

I've been searching online this afternoon for any information on the route that the cycling road race or marathon took during the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, but have been unsuccessful. I'm curious whether the route covered any portion of the inscribed canal ring area inside the Singelgracht.

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