Olympic Inspiration

I enjoyed watching the Olympics recently. I love it all—the pageantry, patriotism, and competition. I also love the stories about the competitors—especially what drove them to dedicate their lives to their sport.

I also love that I find quilting inspiration too! I guess I can’t help looking for color combinations and design inspiration wherever I look. Here are some of the things that inspired me while watching the Olympics.

The Olympic torch to me was mind-blowing. This photo really doesn’t do it justice; when it moved it was lovely.

The logo they choose for this year's Olympics was really cool! I love how it used the colors of the rings to symbolize howathletes from different countries come together for the games. Even cooler was how Brazil chose to give each medal winner a small copy of the logo instead of flowers. Since Brazil and it's Rain Forest diversity symbolize ecology to me, their choice to not kill plants for an award really meant something. Not that I don't like getting a floral bouquet <grin>, but I loved how their choice not to give them out helped to send a message about the environment. Was that what they intended? I'm not sure, but that's what I read into it.

I thought the NBC television set was great, with large sweeping lines that suggested movement.

Of course the closing ceremony was filled with color and passion, like the Brazilian people themselves. This reproduction of Christ the Redeemer reminded me that outlines can be just as powerful sometimes as solid forms.

I’m going to miss watching the Olympics, but I’m happy for the inspiration it left behind.

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