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  • World Briefs: Olympic Film Debuts at Cannes, IOC Newsletter for Youth


    Jean-Claude Killy, winner of three gold medals in Grenoble, is one of the stars of the Lelouche film.  
    Grenoble Olympics Film Debut in Cannes

    The Grenoble Olympics come back to life at the Cannes Film Festival where an IOC-sponsored restoration of Claude Lelouche’s "13 Days in France" debuted Friday night.

    The nearly-two hour long film actually represents the work of several filmmakers who went to Grenoble to document the Games, not just Lelouche.

    "It’s not the official film of the Olympic Winter Games, it’s not a sports film or a thematic film, it’s just a film," says Lelouche in this week’s IOC Newsletter.

    "Some directors who happened to be in Grenoble in February 1968 quietly filmed what was happening around them, what was happening inside them," he says.

    Adrian Wood of the IOC tells Around the Rings the restoration of the 1968 film has been underway for three or four years as part of IOC efforts to preserve the images of the Games.

    Wood says the IOC is looking into additional screenings for the film, which was restored on 35mm film, the format for the original.

    IOC Launches Newsletter for Youth

    The IOC launched an e-journal for the youth of the world to follow the Olympics. Olympic Express will come out every two weeks until the start of the Beijing Olympics when it will be daily. Leading up to the Games, the journal will feature reports on individual stars, teams and technical details about specific sports. During Game time Olympic Express will have coverage of all the day’s events.

    PASO Executive Committee Meets

    The Pan American Sports Organization’s Executive Board will meet to discuss the 2011 Pan American Games this weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico, the city hosting the games.

    The EB will also discuss the region’s involvement with the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and receive a final report on the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    First Women Inducted into Hockey Hall

    Cammi Granato from the U.S. and Geraldine Heaney and Angela James from Canada became the first female members of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame Thursday. The three were enshrined with NHL legends Igor Larionov, Philippe Bozon and Mario Lemieux. Art Berglund, the former Senior Director of International Administration for USA Hockey was also inducted.

    Chicago Mayor Bound for Beijing, Bid Tax Returns

    Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he will be going to he Beijing Olympics, invited officially Friday by the Chinese government.

    Daley received his invitation from Chinese Consul General Chinese Consul General Huang Ping during a City Hall visit this week.

    Daley would be hoping he has company from Chicago during his Beijing visit. If Chicago is chosen as one of the finalists in the race for the 2016 Olympics, a team of observers from the city
    Chicago Mayor invited to the Beijing Olympics by Chinese Consul General Huang Ping. (City of Chicago)  
    will be credentialed to get some first-hand experience at the Games.

    The latest filing of Chicago 2016 with the Internal Revenue Service is now public. Figures for the year from July 2006 to June 2007 show $32 million in income, $10 million in expenses. As a tax-exempt corporation the bid is required to file an annual statement with the IRS.

    Inaugural South American Beach Games in Uruguay

    Ten sports will be contested at the First South American Beach Games will take place in Montevideo and Punta del Este Uruguay from Feb 28th to March 8th 2009. The sports are: beach soccer, beach volleyball, beach handball, Rugby 7s, beach tennis, surfing, sailing, triatlon, sea swimming and water skiing.

    Swimmer Receives Paralympian Award

    Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long received the Juan Antonio Samaranch Disabled Athlete Award May 10. The award was presented at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester England. Long, who just turned 16, has also been honored as the US Olympic Committee’s 2006 Paralympian of the Year and Swimming World Magazine’s 2006 Disabled Swimmer of the Year. Long has 34 American records, 17 Pan-American records, two Paralympics records and five world records. She won three gold medals at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and nine gold medals at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban.

    B.J. Condron, Spouse of USOC’s Bob Condron

    A memorial service for B.J. Condron, for the past 40 years the wife of U.S. Olympic Committee Media Relations Director Bob Condron, will be held May 19 in Colorado Springs.

    She died last week after a bout with cancer.

    "She walked into a room and it was like the sunshine hitting a meadow, the dew on the morning grass and the Aspens turning gold. I just tried to not screw up the moment," writes Condron about the moment 42 years ago when he first saw his future bride at a university in Texas.

    The service will be held 11:00 a.m. the Stone Chapel at Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs CO 80919.

    Memorial donations in B.J. Condron’s name can be sent to The New Horizons Girls Enrichment and Mentoring Program North Middle School, 612 East Yampa, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone: ++1 719-328-2400.

    Witold Woyda, 68

    Witold Woyda, a fencer from Poland who won four medals, two of them gold, died in his New York home on May 5th of lung cancer.

    Woyda first competed at the Olympics in foil competition. He won a silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, then repeated the feat four years later in Mexico City.

    Woyda became the first Pole to win two golds in the same Olympics in 1972 when he won the team and individual foil competitions.

    Woyda began fencing when he was 10. He was small for a fencer but made up for it with quickness and agility. “Big men hate to face him” is what one tournament director said of his skills.

    He was born May 10, 1939 in Poznan, Poland.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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