Olympic Journalists celebrated in London

LONDON, August 2, 2012 – Edwin Moses, the man who won the 400m hurdles gold at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, broke four world records and laid claim to one of sport’s greatest winning streaks with an unbeaten 122 races, welcomed international media to the P&G Family Home in London at this morning’s AIPS Olympic Journalists on the Podium celebration.

The Chairman of the Laureus Academy said it was a pleasure to be involved in celebrating the media – more than 100 journalists and photographers who had covered 10 or more Olympic Games.

“Many times we don’t think enough about how the story and the pictures and the news is passed on. It is great to be here to honour the journalists, many of whom have become friends with the athletes,” Mr Moses said.

Joining Mr Moses was his great friend, a very spritely 89-year-old Harrison Dillard, the oldest living Olympic 100m champion (London 1948 and Helsinki 1952).

Mr Dillard joined a host of sports legends when the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) honoured veteran Olympic journalists at the P&G Family Homein London.

89-year-old Dillard won the 100m in 10.3 seconds at the 1948 Olympic Games in London after he botched his hurdles event. He then won gold in the 100m event again in Helsinki four years later in 1952.

The 1948 games were the first time that Olympic judges used photo finish technology.

Also in attendance were Laureus Academy Members Australian swimming greatDawn Fraser, IOC vice president Nawal El Moutawakel who was the first female Muslim athlete to win an Olympic gold medal, Kenyan track and field legend Kip Keino, and current Olympic triathlon champion, Australia’s Emma Snowsill, a Laureus Ambassador.

They were joined by Dick Fosbury, Olympic gold medalist, former President of the World Olympians Association and architect of the back-flip high jump “Fosbury Flop”, former US Olympic swimmer and TV journalist Donna de Varona, Cuban Olympic volleyball star and IOC Member Yumilka Ruiz, and Kenyan long distance world record holder and peace activist Tegla Loroupe, the recipient of the AIPS/CIFP 2010 Promotion of Fair Play award.

Representing IOC vice president and President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Thomas Bach was IOC Honorary Member, Walther Troeger.

A limited edition London 2012 replica torch produced by AIPS global partner, Honav, was presented to each journalist who had covered ten or more Olympic Games. Representing Honav, Mr Ding Wen said his company was delighted to provide the replica Olympic Torches and highly valued Honav’s association with AIPS and the Olympic Movement.

Phil Duncan, P&G’s Global Design Officer welcomed the media and guests to the P&G Family Home. “We are excited to have so many journalists and elite athletes in our P&G Family Home this morning to recognize the achievements of those journalists who have served the sporting world for 20 Olympic Games. By contrast P&G is just starting on our Olympic partnership. Our company and brands are in the business of helping moms and families and enhancing the Olympic experience,” Mr Duncan said.

“The P&G Family Home is our way of saying thank you. We offer athletes, their moms and families a place to relax, be together as well as enjoy complimentary meals, viewing lounges, do their laundry, and offer exceptional salon services.”

Mr Duncan invited media to tour the home.

AIPS President Gianni Merlo, who has covered 20 Olympic Games, thanked Mr Duncan for opening the P&G Family Home to the world’s media and said, “It is truly an honour to be associated with P&G.”

Merlo presented the very first torch to Jayne Pearce, Head of Olympic Press Operations, LOCOG in appreciation for all her hard work and the “good relationship Jayne and her team have with AIPS”.

This morning’s event was the ideal opportunity for AIPS’ newest partner, Chinese internet technology company NetEase, to announce a unique poll which will see both international and Chinese media vote for the two most popular sports idols at London 2012 (one Chinese and one international). NetEase Sports’ portal has an audience of an incredible 5.38 billion netizens and 3.88 mobile internet netizens.NetEase vice president John Yan told the audience that the winners of the poll will be announced at a gala ceremony in Beijing later this year.

AIPS Executive Committee members who attended the event were 1st Vice-president Esat Yilmaer (Turkey) Treasurer Jorge Ribeiro (Portugal), Vice PresidentNickolai Dolgopolov (Russia – 12 Olympics), members Mohamed al Malki(Qatar), Deszo Dobor (Hungary), and Secretary General Roslyn Morris (Australia). Honorary Life General Secretary Charles Camenzuli (Malta) who has reported from 10 Olympic Games was also present.

Today’s event saw more than 100 top journalists presented with a limited edition Olympic Torch replica produced by AIPS Worldwide Gold Partner, Honav.

Hosting the event was five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks. Ms Crooks was the first Canadian woman to run 800m in under two minutes, won silver in the 4x400m relay in 1984 in Los Angeles, and was the flag bearer of the 1996 Olympic Games. She was also a founding member of the IOC Ethics Commission

 

Journalists with more than 10 Olympics, present at the reception

summer winter total
Richard Garneau Canada 12 11 23
Peter A. Frei Switzerland 11 11 22
John Jackson Great Britain 12 10 22
David Miller Great Britain 12 10 22
Günter Deister Germany 11 10 21
Wolfgang Uhrig Germany 10 11 21
Giovanni Merlo Italy 10 10 20
Neil Wilson Great Britain 11 9 20
Hans Rauchensteiner Germany 10 8 18
Jean-Francois Renault France 10 8 18
Donna de Varona USA 17
Alain Luzenfichter France 11 6 17
Sammy Minkoff Germany 8 9 17
Alan Smith Great Britain 9 8 17
Michael Farber USA 7 9 16
Volker Kluge Germany 8 8 16
Paul Radford Great Britain 8 8 16
Arthur Thill Luxembourg 8 8 16
Angela Bern Germany 8 7 15
Christine Brennan USA 8 7 15
Brian Cazeneuve USA 8 7 15
Alan Hubbard Great Britain 11 4 15
Jimmy Magee Ireland 12 3 15
Miha Zibrat Slovenia 8 7 15
Cam Cole Canada 7 7 14
Mico Dusanovic Croatia 7 7 14
Jacob Hård Sweden 8 6 14
Lee Martin Great Britain 7 7 14
Steve Simmons Canada 6 8 14
Brian Williams Canada 7 7 14
Hiro Yakushi Japan 3 11 14
Vera Atkinson Great Britain 8 5 13
Alexander Chernykh Russia 7 6 13
Nicole Darrigrand-Pellissard France 13 0 13
Elliott Denman USA 11 2 13
Vladimir Drbohlav Czech Republic 7 6 13
Lembitu Kuuse Estonia 7 6 13
Eileen Langsley Great Britain 6 7 13
Steve Rose Great Britain 7 6 13
Pat Rowley Great Britain 13 0 13
Dariusz Szpakowski Poland 7 6 13
Mats Wennerholm Sweden 8 5 13
Shaun Botterill Great Britain 6 6 12
Clive Brunskill Great Britain 7 5 12
Paloma Del Rio Spain 7 5 12
Richard Demak USA 6 6 12
Nickolai Dolgopolov Russia 7 5 12
John Goodbody Great Britain 12 0 12
Arne Hole Norway 6 6 12
Tim Layden USA 6 6 12
Zoltan Novotny Hungary 12 0 12
Peter Stracke Germany 6 6 12
Leo Turrini Italy 7 5 12
Fred Baer USA 11 0 11
Charles Belle USA 6 5 11
Franco Bragagna Italy 6 5 11
Stephen Brunt Canada 5 6 11
Slavo Citkovic Croatia 6 5 11
Milorad Đurković Montenegro 10 1 11
Per-Kristian Eriksen Norway 5 6 11
Tengiz Gachechiladze Georgia 7 4 11
Tono Hönigmann Austria 6 5 11
Ed Hula USA 6 5 11
Zhou Jie China 6 5 11
Jiri Kolis Czech Rep 5 6 11
Duncan Mackay Great Britain 6 5 11
Pierangelo Molinaro Italy 6 5 11
Miguel Portanova Claros Peru 11 0 11
Alexandre Ratner Russia 5 6 11
Lev Rossoshik Russia 7 4 11
Elena Vaytsekhovskaya Russia 6 5 11
John Volkers Netherlands 8 3 11
Lars Becker Germany 6 4 10
Ine Katharina Bjølseth Switzerland 5 5 10
Nicolae Buceatchi Moldova 6 4 10
Charles Camenzuli Malta 8 2 10
Camillo Cametti Italy 10 0 10
Mattia Chiusano Italy 5 5 10
Zbigniew Chmielewski Poland 7 3 10
Andreas Georgiades Cyprus 10 0 10
Pierre Gricius Luxembourg 7 3 10
Bob Harris Great Britain 10 0 10
Petz Lahure Luxembourg 8 2 10
Leo Mason Great Britain 10 0 10
Barry Newcombe Great Britain 10 0 10
Peter Nichols Great Britain 7 3 10
Jugder Otgontsagaan Mongolia 5 5 10
Sergii Savelii Ukraine 5 5 10
Thomas Schreyer Germany 6 4 10
Gary Shelton USA 6 4 10
Evi Simeoni Germany 6 4 10
Henk Stouwdam Netherlands 7 3 10
Thore-Erik Thoresen Norway 5 5 10
Boris Titov Russia 5 5 10
Rino Tommasi Italy 8 2 10
Dario Torromeo Italy 8 2 10
Flavio Vanetti Italy 6 4 10
Ivana Vaccari Italy 5 5 10
Peter Wikström Sweden 5 5 10
Ning Xin China 6 4 10
Wakako Yuki Japan 10

Other Journalists with more than 10 Olympics:

Anders Andersö Sweden 13 11 24
Giuliano Bevilacqua Italy 13 10 23
Heinz Kluetmeier USA 11 10 21
Josef Suttner Germany 10 11 21
Morley Myers Great Britain 11 9 20
Hartmut Scherzer Germany 9 10 19
John Powers USA 9 9 18
Heinz Pruller Austria 7 10 17
Bozo Susec Croatia 9 8 17
Phil Hersh USA 7 9 16
Christie Blatchford Canada 7 8 15
Bob Martin Great Britain 7 8 15
Gustav Schwenk Germany 15 0 15
Włodzimierz Szaranowicz Poland 7 8 15
Patrick Collins Great Britain 10 4 14
Andreas Frank Germany 8 6 14
Niklas Henrichson Finland 7 7 14
Gerd Holzbach Germany 9 5 14
Jürgen Magh Germany 8 6 14
Allan Maki Canada 6 8 14
Ernst-Friedbert Raulf Germany 8 6 14
Andreas Schirmer Germany 8 6 14
Michael Berger Austria 7 6 13
Steve Fine USA 7 6 13
Hiroshi Takeuchi Japan 6 7 13
Christian Topescu Romania 8 5 13
Steve Wilson USA 8 5 13
Luuk Blijboom Netherlands 6 6 12
Christopher Clarey USA 6 6 12
Malcom Folley Great Britain 6 6 12
Staffan Lindeborg Sweden 8 4 12
Philippe Millereau France 6 6 12
Bohdan Tomaszewski Poland 7 5 12
Tomasz Zimoch Poland 6 6 12
Richard Akesson Sweden 9 2 11
Bogdan Chruscicki Poland 5 6 11
Rosie DiManno Canada 7 4 11
Doug Gillon Great Britain 11 0 11
Thomas Häberlein Germany 4 7 11
Gary Kemper USA 7 4 11
Jere Longman USA 6 5 11
Craig Neff USA 7 4 11
Wojciech Szkiela Poland 8 3 11
Emanuela Audisio Italy 8 2 10
Olaf Brockmann Austria 10 0 10
Emanuele Dotto Italy 5 5 10
Pilo Fonck Luxembourg 8 2 10
Tomas Macek Czech Republic 5 5 10
Gunnar Meinhardt Germany 5 5 10
Han Qiaosheng China 7 3 10
Mike Rowbottom Great Britain 6 4 10
Leslaw Skinder Poland 10

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