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Olympians bringing Olympic values to life through art at PyeongChang 2018

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 Project, 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.  


« Olympic Dreams »

« Olympic Dreams » created by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher.

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Painting the Olympic values

With Roald BRADSTOCK (UK), Lanny BARNES (USA) and Jean-Blaise EVEQUOZ. 111 Olympic athletes from 39 countries collectively produced 15 paintings, at the rate of one per day. Each individual painting represents one of the 15 Olympic winter sports. When arranged in three rows of five, the paintings become one painting revealing the Olympic values which are at the heart of this initiative.

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Ball Game by Leandro Erlich

To mark the first-ever Olympism in Action Forum and the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, the International Olympic Committee commissioned internationally celebrated conceptual artist Leandro Erlich to create a large-scale, temporary installation to bring to life the Olympic values.

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