Former Olympians carry on the tradition with online exhibition

BEIJING (KXAN) — A group of former Olympians are keeping up the tradition. Their Olympic Agora art project celebrates the values ​​that the Games embody and showcase sport and culture.

The group is made up of seven retired Olympians who express through art what the best athletes in the world can relate to.

“The first thing that comes to mind is perseverance,” said Christopher Coleman, who has represented Team USA twice in bobsledding.

The Olympic Agora project was launched ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, making a comeback for Beijing 2022. The series has been described as “where sport meets art and culture“.

“Being an Olympian of any type, any sport is a really tough and serious thing, and it’s hard to do – we do it for fun,” the two-time Olympic skier said. Laurenne Ross.

“I used a lot of athletic figures on my pieces and tried to glue them into the whole scene,” she explained.

Each artist expresses their own Olympic ideals through their work, which ranges from photography to painting to graphic design. Everything is presented in an online exhibition to show the wider impact of the Games.

“I like to have a balance in my life, as an athlete, as an artist, as a lawyer. I like to try to find that balance, and I think all Olympians do,” said said Cameron Myler, four-time Olympic luge athlete.

Finding that balance is always a journey, but that’s the beauty of this project. There really is no beginning or end, just a safe and vibrant space celebrating the cultural differences that bind us together.

This project also includes two live events hosted by Olympic artists. The next one will be February 16. The goal is to engage children in exploring the Olympic values ​​through creative expression.

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