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August 2, 2012
Olympic Journalists celebrated in London

Pictured in front are some of the more than 100 journalists and photographers who were honoured at the P&G Family Home this morning. Behind them are (L-R) Kip Keino, Yumilka Ruiz, Dick Fosbury, Nawal El Moutawakel, Donna de Varona, Harrison Dillard, Dawn Fraser, Emma Snowsill, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses and Charmaine Crooks. Photo/Getty Images.

Video of the event here


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 Home in 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 great Dawn 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 President Nickolai 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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