The Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit sculpture by Anna Chromy has been the centrepiece for athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The artist had previously announced that it was lucky for Olympians to be photographed with the sculpture and many of them took her word for it.

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The Olympic Spirit sculpture by Anna Chromy has been the centrepiece for athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The artist had previously announced that it was lucky for Olympians to be photographed with the sculpture and many of them took her word for it.
The most adventurous was Matthew Mitcham, the Australian diving champion and 2008 olympic gold medalist. He tested the limits of The Olympic Spirit by climbing to the top-most extremity and posing for a photograph 20 feet above the ground.
The artist, Anna Chromy was shocked when she saw the photo: “We have not tested it for the extra weight at that point. The sculpture is very finely tuned and balances on a single foot”. Matthew Mitcham’s followers expressed their concern too when he published the photo on Twitter. “Please don’t take such risks”, said one, and “You’re an adorable fool” said another. Fortunately for both artist and athlete, Mitcham returned to earth unscathed and both photo and sculpture remain for posterity.
The Olympic Spirit was presented to this years’ Olympians and placed in the Olympic Village as a gift from Lord Moynihan, Chairman of the British Olympic Association. An admirer and collector of Chromy, he said “It should be an historic 17 days with Anna’s work at the heart of Team GB’s HQ!”.
When the games are over The Olympic Spirit is to be auctioned with the proceeds going to equip and train future Olympians nurtured by the BOA.

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BRITISH OLYMPIAN GEORGIE TWIGG WITH THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT

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MATTHEW MITCHAM ON THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT

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