Friday, 10 February 2012


It's true alcohol never solved any problems...but then again, neither did milk!

Olympics legacies? This morning I had a quick wander around the Olympiapark München – a venue I had not visited in over 30 years.

The park is located in the modern skyline near BMW Welt and Museum and the Uptown skyscraper of O2.

The park consists of:-

Olympic sports facilities such as the Olympiastadion and the Olympiahalle (now used for concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs and some sporting events – capacity 15,500) and the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower).

Also in this area is the Olympia Schwimmhalle – and some doughty Müncheners braved  minus 13ºC biting winds this morning to partake of their daily swim. It’s enough to freeze the beckenbauers* off a messing affe and make your eyes water!

During the 1972 Olympics, the Olympic Records in all 29 Olympic swimming events were broken as well as the World Records in 20 events.

The Schwimmhalle is unique for its roof construction which is a lightweight stressed-skin structure. This curved structure bears loads through tension only, not compression. The double curvature in the roof design is what provides support which is further stabilized through pre-tensioned guy wires.
It was at the Schwimmhalle where swimmer Mark Spitz broke the record for most individual gold medals won in a single Olympics with seven gold medals. This record was not surpassed until fellow swimmer Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Should have brought my trunks...

*Franz Beckenbauer (born September 1945 in Munich) was a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style and leadership coupled with his dominance on the football pitch. He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and one of the greatest and most decorated footballers in the history of the game. Beckenbauer was a versatile player who started out as a midfielder but made his name as a defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper or libero.

Twice selected the European Footballer of the Year, he appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three World Cups. He lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974, and repeated the feat as a manager in 1990. With FC Bayern Munich, he won three consecutive European Cups from 1974-1976 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967. Beckenbauer is the only player to captain three European Cup winning sides. He went on to become coach and President of FC Bayern. He is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


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