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Now that we're several days into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and have already shared how to do a little Olympic bobsledding yourself, it's time to fan the flames of excitement for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
With two more years to go, tickets for Rio's events are obviously not quite on sale, but there are other ways to foster any burgeoning Summer Olympic excitement.
By now you've endured the theatrical Opening Ceremonies and moved on to watching the downhill skiing and figure skating events of the Sochi Winter Games, but Frontier has given us even more reason to cheer on our own athletes: cheap airplane tickets!
For each gold medal Team USA takes home, Frontier will translate that to a 1% savings in airfare for a ride on one of the 'fuzzy woodland-creatured' planes the LCC flies. With a total of 90 medals for which our team is contending, the odds are good that USA's athletes will benefit budget-conscious travelers much more than 1% off in the coming events.
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Moscow is getting in shape for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, literally. Some subway stations in the Russian capital are accepting payment in the form of 30 squats.
If you're wondering how it works, try flashing back to those Nintendo Power Pads from the '80s. In front of the ticket booth, there's a blue pad on which you do the squats, while a screen keeps count of the number. At the end of squat 30, a subway ticket pops out of the doohickey. The brilliant initiative is designed as a way to get the population in better shape while also hyping the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics?
Well played, Moscow.
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In the famously busy "Shibuya Scramble" intersection
So you may have already heard that Tokyo beat out both Madrid and Istanbul in its bid to host the XXXII Olympics in 2020. Granted that's still quite some time away, but a seven-year advance notice means plenty of time to come to love Japan if you don't already.
Save Friday, 24 July – Sunday 9 August 2020 to your iCal for the actual Olympic Games, and get psyched along with us as we brainstorm what the 2020 Olympics will mean for an already awesome metropolis:
· The cutest Olympic mascots yet!
London's "Wenlock and Mandeville" mascots were disappointing, not to mention vaguely sperm-y, and Sochi's look like long-lost Disney rough drafts. Beijing's 2008 Olympic mascots came closest to the concept of cute, but surely Tokyo in 2020 will make us forget all about decades of creepy characters. Kawaii!
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Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.
There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."
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Time is running out for those hoping to volunteer at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. On March 1, 2013 volunteer registration for 2014 Winter Olympics will close for good.
An estimated 25,000 volunteers will be needed to work nearly 50,000 shifts in more than 20 areas, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping with the Closing Ceremony. There will also be 3,000 volunteers specifically trained to welcome visitors and help them find their way between venues. In total, volunteers will account for more than 30% of the total Sochi staff.
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If you've been following the Olympics on NBC at all, it's been pretty much drilled into your head that United Airlines is the official airlines of the US Olympic Team. Their ads, which ran like every other commercial break, presented the Star Alliance carrier as something like the silent partner in Team USA's success at London 2012. But now that the Games are over and the Closing Ceremony has the world wondering why the UK considers Russell Brand a national treasure, the athletes have got to fly home.
This morning, United's twitter account (@united) lit up with enthusiasm over the arrival at Chicago-O'Hare of Flight 929 from London-Heathrow. On the tarmac, multiple water cannon salutes welcomed the aircraft. In the terminal, multiple Olympians poured into baggage claim. Team USA was back..
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In times of war and in times of peace, countries still hope to pull in those tourism dollars. We see it now, with North Korea and the Arab Spring, and you can bet your butt that it was most certainly the same back in the lead-up to World War II in a Reich-ruled Germany. The year was 1935 and it was a dark time; the Luftwaffe was created as were the Nuremberg Laws, and Hitler was already defying the Treaty of Versailles by building submarines.
And yet, amidst all that, the country managed to continue their tourism push in advance of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. We recently came across a pamphlet from this period, aimed at American travelers crossing the ocean to visit Germany for the purpose of cheering on their countrymen at the Games, but alsoas it's obvious from the wording of this pamphlet proclaiming Germany "The Beautiful Country"to have a look around the more pastoral, traditional towns. In other words, it was lightweight propaganda.
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Not only does KLM consistently kill it across their social media, but they've inched ahead of other airline Olympics ads through the magical combination of creativity and airplane porn in these two images, comparing the peak performance positions of actual Olympic athletes to their own aircraft. The hidden message? That KLM, like Olympians, is at the top of their game.
London's brand new Olympic Park might be in the spotlight this month, but back here in the U.S. we have a few Olympic Parks of our own that still need some attention.
Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, which hosted the 1996 Olympic Games, is always looking for volunteers to help maintain the park and participate in special events, including concerts and holiday activities. For more information on volunteering at Centennial Olympic Park, visit Centennialpark.com.
Salt Lake City's Utah Olympic Park also depends on volunteers to assist in community events, activities, and competitions that take place at the park all year since the park hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Whether you are interested in volunteering for a few hours or an entire season, you can get more information about the Utah Olympic Park's volunteer program at utaholympiclegacy.com.
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Love ‘em or hate ‘em the Olympics are here to stay—at least for another week or so. Unless you're already in the UK, it's a tad too late to plan a trip to London at this point, and who really wants to wait another couple of years to check out the athletes doing their thing? That’s why we suggest taking in the sights—and remaining sounds—of recent former Olympic cities and their venues:
· Sydney, Australia
In Sydney it’s kind of like the Olympics never left, as there’s always something going on at the city’s Olympic Park. There’s a chance to try your skills at archery, practice your BMX skills, and even check out the cauldron—it’s been lit to celebrate the games in London. As a bonus, you can even make your way over to the AMP Services building in Circular Quay to check out an exhibition showing off past Olympic torches.
As U.S. Olympians begin bringing home their medals this week, most are being greeted with a hero's welcome.
Last night, 15-year-od Olympic gold medalist swimmer and Bethesda, Maryland resident Katie Ledecky returned home from London to a crowd of fans and classmates at Dulles International Airport.