Archive for August, 2004

History Repeats Itself, Inscription Revived

On August 22, 2004 the new tradition of inscribing victor’s names in ancient Olympia became a fact.

The ancient and the new inscription
1531 years after the games were last held in Olympia, the Monument of the Immortals Foundation revived this ancient tradition. Pressented, to the city of Amaliada, was a glass inscriptive with the names of the 6 victors (Yuriy Bilonog – Ukraine, Adam Nelson – United States of America, Joachim Olsen Denmark, as well as Yumileidi Cumba Jay – Cuba, Nadine Kleinert – Germany, and Svetlana Krivelyova – Russia) of the Shot Put Event of the 321st Olympiad (Athens 2004). This event took place in the ancient Olympia Stadium on August 18, 2004.

“For 1000 years your city was in charge of the conduct of the games in Olympia and as such we present this plaque to you to commemorate the Shot Put event of the 321st Olympiad,” said Makis Havadjias Cofounder and President of the Monument of the Immortals while presenting the inscriptive to Mr Vassilis Papanicolaou, Vice Major of Amaliada, to be placed next to the ancient Victors in ancient Olympia.
“We gladly accept and treasure this as our responsibility said Mr Papanicolaou accepting the plaque on behalf of the Mayor Yiannis Liperis. Today we will keep the plaque at City Hall until we can place it at the ancient site.

The Vice Major of Amaliada went on to place the Olympia Immortals Album with the Athletes testimonials under the auspices of the mayor.

Present on behalf of the Monument of the Immortals were: Mr. Panagiotis Antonakopoulos (Co Founder and Member of Parliament), Mr. Aris Anagnos (Greece’s Honorary Cultural Attaché in Los Angeles ), Mrs Xeni Kosmidou, (Public Relations of the Monument of the Immortals) Professor at the University of Thesalloniki and Dr. Olga Kosmidou Professor at Demokritio University of Thrace.

About The Monument of the Immortals
The Monument of the Immortals is a non-profit organization in California (USA) and Cyprus dedicated to establishing a monument in Olympia, Greece to honor the history and sportsmanship of Olympic competitors and revive the ancient tradition of inscribing the names of Olympic victors.

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August 22, 2004 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

Olympia Immortals Monument in Mexico City

Riverside, California (USA) – On Saturday, November 27, precisely a year after the Architectural Design Competition was lounged, representatives of the Monument of the Immortals made a fundraising presentation of the winning design and future steps to be taken for the implementation of the project at the Gran Melia Hotel in Mexico City.

Representatives of the Greek Embassy, the Cyprus Embassy and the local media and fans of the project attended the event.

This event follows the successful lounge of the Olympia Album in ancient Olympia on August 13, 2004. The album was exhibited for dedication at the Gran Melia Hoter in Mexico. Further exhibition and presentation will be made in other capitals of the world.

The Olympia Immortals Album contains dedications of the thoughts and feelings of Athletes in their native language. All Athletes are invited to dedicate in the Album, to be kept in ancient Olympia.

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