August 10, 1992 |
Sunday morning, for the first time during the Olympics, the rain in Spain stayed mainly over Barcelona. And when it had ended, when the booming thunderclaps had stopped and the torrents of water had slowed to a trickle, it was strangely quiet. Barcelona, the city that never sleeps, was doing just that. Surely, the quiet was the result of a hangover of emotion. Saturday night, Barcelona simply drank in too much success.
August 1, 1992 |
Americans are setting off-the-field records here, too. No medals, though, and most of the records are not worth bragging about: * Fastest to have $2,000 pinched from his belly bag on a moving subway: Lewis B. Johnson of Los Angeles, on his first ride. * Quickest to lose his luggage and documents from a rented car: Hank Tenney of Lebanon, N.H., within an hour after driving in from France. * Most replacements for stolen or lost passports in a single day: U.S. Consulate, 24.
July 26, 1992 |
America's men and women in blue may be interested to note that in the two days of increased enforcement, Barcelona police issued 600 "parking fines," according to Juan Torres, the mayor's man in charge of traffic. Of them, 12 were for parking in the bus and taxi lane and 300 for "improperly parking" motorbikes and scooters. "That number was much higher than last year at this time," Torres said.
July 26, 1992 |
At 8 p.m. local time, a hush came over the city. It was almost as if a giant Leonard Bernstein had stood, tapped his baton on the podium and raised his arms to signal the magic moment. And then, suddenly, from balcony and corner bar, from high above and down below, came the sounds of symphonies, of musical joy that signaled the beginning of the end of the long wait for the Olympics to take place here.
July 26, 1992 |
What do Sherlock Holmes, Blackcelona, One Way, Touchdown, Yuppies, La Gasolinera, No, Rothko, Unbar, West Coast, Zsa Zsa, Clandestino, Beat, Nick Havanna, Falstaff, Hop, Fin/Al, New Sausalito, Popeye, Speed, Status, Sucesso, Crisis, Karma, The End, Lips, Trip-Tic, Dry Martini, Sidecar, The Daily Telegraph, Let's Go, Hollywood, Paris, Maryland, Zurich, Soweto and Ping Pong have in common? They're all names of bars in Barcelona.
July 25, 1992 |
Less than 10 years after it was constructed, Montjuic Stadium stood ready to greet 5,000 athletes to the People's Olympics, an alternative for socialist countries to the 1936 Summer Olympics that would be held later that year in fascist Germany. But on the morning of the opening ceremony, for which 20,000 tickets had been sold, a water polo player from the Spanish national team, Carlos Pardo, arrived at the stadium to find the gates locked.
July 24, 1992 |
I am sweating as I write this. I was sweating before I wrote this. And I will be sweating after I write this and transmit this back to the home office and pack my computer bag and head for the metro and break for dinner and walk back to my flat and climb into bed, where the sheets hit the fan only if you're willing to spend 3,800 pesetas ($38 in American currency) for a plug-in model. It is hot. Sweltering hot. Withering hot. Keep-the-fat-people-away-from-the-leather-chairs hot.
July 14, 1992 |
In orchestrating television coverage of the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has two main--and often conflicting--goals: It seeks the largest possible worldwide audience for the Games while also trying to squeeze as much money as it can from broadcasters vying for TV rights. But maximizing viewership comes first. "If this were 'Star Trek,' that would be our prime directive," says Dick Pound, a Montreal-based lawyer who has been the IOC's chief TV negotiator since 1984.
June 30, 1992 |
" Before I came to Barcelona, I thought I knew what a sporting city was. . . . " --Baron Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics " Real Madrid, Real Madrid. The team of the government, the shame of the nation. " --Barcelona soccer chant Modern modes of travel have reduced the 360 miles separating Barcelona and Madrid to an afterthought.
May 20, 1992 |
The luxury hotel where the U.S. men's basketball team is supposed to stay is still under construction. Yachting officials say they fear hepatitis and bacterial problems from the polluted Mediterranean, the soccer team must play two of its opening-round games 200 miles to the west in Zaragoza, and the lack of air-conditioning in either the athletes' village or on the team buses has everybody concerned. Then there's the marathon course. . . .