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OLYMPIC EVENTS
ATHENS 2004, 1st PART

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From Opening Ceremony to day 4 (august 13 to august 17)
Opening Ceremony, August 13, 2004
Arrived without problem in Athens which is full of the Olmpics colors. The transport system is well organized. In the morning, I visit OAKA, big venue where is Olympic stadium with Opening Ceremony this evening.
In the afternoon, I search the pin trading Coca-Cola center, it is in the south of Athens, near Pireaus port.
The Greeks presented us a grand spectacle with their magnificent opening ceremony. An extraordinary ambiance is guaranteed. The Games are opened.
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Athens 2004
Acropolis
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Monaco

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Athens 2004
Acropolis
© R.Prat
Monaco

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Athens 2004
olympic park
OAKA

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Athens 2004
Opening
Ceremony
08/13/2004 ©
R.Prat Monaco

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Athens 2004
Opening
Ceremony
08/13/2004 ©
R.Prat Monaco

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Athens 2004
Opening
Ceremony
08/13/2004 ©
R.Prat Monaco

Day 1, August 14, 2004
9.00 am: women basketball at Helliniko Stadium.
1st match: Australia vs Nigeria, australians win 85/73.
2nd match: Korea vs China. A very interesting match, chinese win 71/54.
After, I visit Zappeion exhibition center where I see many of my foreign collectors friends. I go to Panathinaiko Stadium to see it. Near, is the training center for archery. In the evening, I go with my friends in Plaka, the best place to find a good restaurant not too expensive.
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Athens 2004
fencing hall
at Helleniko

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Athens 2004
basketball
women match
Australia/Nigeria

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Athens 2004
chinese
supporters

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Athens 2004
old stadium
Panathinaiko

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Athens 2004
olympic village
© JP Caravan
USA

Day 2, August 15, 2004
6.30 pm: fencing at Helliniko Olympic Complex, Women's Individual Epee Semifinals and finals, medal.
Good new, 2 french athlets, Laura Flessel-Colovic and Maureen Nisima are qualified for finals.
We try to find a general programme, but don't exist for
Athens 2004. We meet Philippe Boisse for an autograph. The final is France against Hungary!
In the 1st match Laura Flessel-Colovic win against Ildiko Mincza-Nebald with 15/14. Yeah, we are insured to get a silver medal and maybe a gold!
In the 2nd match, Timea Nagy win against Maureen Nisima by 15/14.
At the half time, I see Marie-Jose Perec, gold medal in Barcelona and Atlanta in athletics. I ask her an autograph. I see also Jean-Francois Lamour, actual minister of sport in France.
For bronze medal, it's a nice match and the winner is Maureen Nisima with 15/12! Yessssss!
For gold medal, unfortunately Laura Flessel lost with 10/15, she have the silver medal.
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Athens 2004
semifinal epee
Laura Flessel vs
Ildiko Mincza

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Athens 2004
podium
Gold T.Nagy
Silber L.Flessel
Bronze M.Nisima

Day 3, August 16, 2004
10.30 am: Opening ceremony of the world olympic and sport stamp exhibition, coins and memorabilia. Many VIP are present: Dora Bayokannis, J.A.Samaranch and Jacques Rogge.An orchestra play the national greek anthem and olympic anthem.
"Greece", by Michalis Vourtsis, is performed by the soprano Miss Alkisti Toya.
Jacques Rogge and Michalis Liapis, minister of transport and communication cut the white ribbon. After, we go to OAKA to trade some pins, unfortunately, it's not possible to enter inside without a ticket or an accreditation and we must go back. Curious, because it's only an olympic Park where are some sponsors, not yet inside Stadium, but it's forbidden to visitors!
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Athens 2004
metro

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Athens 2004
Olymphilex
Opening
Ceremony
program

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Athens 2004
archery
competition
Panathinaiko
stadium
08/16/2004
© JP Caravan
USA

Day 4, August 17, 2004
Visit of Coca-Cola center situed at Delta Falirou. Dora Bayokannis is here also.

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