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private events to events like the track and fi eld Euro Championships, where about 300,000 people attend. Hartung said it’s hard to choose a favorite part of the


park, but his favorite events to attend are soccer games. He said he has been to more than 1,000 matches in 30 years. He is also a self-proclaimed tennis enthusiast, and has enjoyed music concerts at the park as well. Hungarian swimmer Denes Zubcsek competed in the 2004 and 2005 age group swim meets at the Olympia- Schwimminhalle, the pool where U.S. Olympian Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 games. Zubcsek said teams from all over Europe competed


at these meets as they were qualifying meets for Junior Europeans. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the pool and the


park,” Zubcsek said. “I had a great time there. It was nice to be at a place that has a lot of Olympic history. I loved the architecture and the landscape as well.” OlympiaPark’s modern architecture includes many


structures, like the swimming pool and soccer stadium, which sport “tent like” roofs. Hartung, while admitting he may be biased, said


he thinks Munich is in a very good position to earn the right to host the 2018 Olympics since they have experience with championships, ice events and large crowds. Another plus for Munich, Hartung said, is its


approximate population of 1.5 million. “It’s been a problem for cities with 30,000-50,000


inhabitants, because how are they supposed to use 3-4 large halls aſt erward?” Hartung asked. “I think the way for the future is big cities. It just makes sense.” He said he has seen the trend going toward big cities for Olympic games. “I think [OlympiaPark has] really good fi gures and


we have a good chance,” Hartung said. “But in the end, it’s up to the IOC.”


Top: Olympic swimming pool. | Photo by Alison Smith Middle: Part of Olympic Hall. | Photo by Kailey Bissell Bottom: Olympic Stadium is one of three main facilities at Olympic Park. The opening and closing ceremonies of the 1972 games were held in Olympic Stadium. | Photo by Kailey Bissell Opposite page: From 955 feet above the ground, the look-out Olympic Tower provides a 360-degree aerial view of Munich’s Olympic park. | Photo by Brooke Carbo


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