At the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they will bring the olympic values to life through art. A first!
They have taken part in the Olympic Games at least once as athletes and they are artists. In PyeongChang, they will not be in contention for a medal, but they will bring the olympic values to life through art and by coming together with athletes in the Olympic Village. Olympians Alexi Pappas (10 km runner), Roald Bradstock (javelin thrower), Lanny Barnes (biathlete) and Jean-Blaise Evequoz (fencer) are the “Olympian artists” at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.
For the first time in Olympic history, Olympians who are also artists have been invited to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to be part of the Olympic Art Visions, an initiative of the IOC. They were not in contention for a medal, but to bring the Olympic values to life through art and by coming together with athletes in the Olympic Village.
This initiative was set up in the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, which aims to “further strengthen the blending of sport and culture at the Olympic Games and in-between”.
Greek-American long-distance athlete Alexi Pappas (Rio 2016), British javelin thrower Roald Bradstock (Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988), American biathlete Lanny Barnes (Turin 2006) and Swiss fencer Jean-Blaise Evequoz (bronze medallist at Munich 1976) are the four “Olympian artists” who shared their creative spirit and craft in PyeongChang through two different projects.
The first project is a series of auteur-style short films that blend fiction with reality, opening a highly unique window into the Olympic athlete experience. The title of the series is “Olympic Dreams”.
The second is the creation by Olympic athletes of 15 paintings revealing the Olympic values.