MADRID – Twenty-five years ago today, all eyes around the world were on Barcelona, Spain, as it hosted its first Olympic Games in what would become a lasting symbol for the city. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992, the Olympic Channel global digital platform presents a celebration of Barcelona 1992, including full event replays of iconic moments, revisiting the city as it celebrates, an interactive retro game and robust social media activity.
Starting with the shot of Antonio Rebollo’s single flaming arrow during a memorable Opening Ceremony, the Barcelona Games showed a new and exciting city to the world. Much of the feel-good factor can be attributed to the numerous new sites Barcelona now featured, along with a host of renovated districts and buildings, leaving a legacy of urban regeneration for residential housing, public facilities, a new seafront and transport infrastructure, and education and job opportunities, transforming it into one of the most popular city destinations in the world.
And in full view of some of the city’s iconic landmarks such as Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, the spirit of the Games and mankind’s triumphant nature were out in full force in the early ’90s. From heart-warming displays of camaraderie to record-breaking performances, the Olympic Channel invites the world to revisit the spirit of Barcelona 1992 on its global digital platform at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps. Key features and video content include:
- Iconic Moments
The Olympic Channel will feature a selection of the most iconic moments from the Barcelona Games as Video on Demand (VOD) for the first time ever online, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, full competition replays and highlights of some of the Games’ most memorable moments HERE.
- Dream Team
Barcelona 1992 marked the first time that professionals could compete in men’s basketball, and the US responded by sending a “Dream Team” of superstars including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, in what is considered one of the best sports teams ever assembled. Widely credited with propelling the popularity of basketball throughout the world, the “Dream Team” captivated the world and dominated its Olympic opponents on its way to a gold medal. Full replays of all eight “Dream Team” games can be found HERE.
- Retro Game
Keeping with the ‘90s theme, the Olympic Channel has launched an engaging new, interactive game to connect fans with the spirit of Barcelona 1992. The retro 8-bit game allows fans to join the Olympic Torch Relay, where they must pass numerous obstacles related to the Barcelona 1992 Opening Ceremony and light the Olympic cauldron. If successful in lighting the flame, users will be able to unlock Olympic Channel content and share their winning time with their social networks. Play the game HERE.
- Follow on Social Media: #Barcelona92
Fans can relive the action and exciting moments from the Barcelona Games on the Olympic Channel’s social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with the hashtag #Barcelona92. From the memorable Opening Ceremony, the inspirational triumph of Derek Redmond, the heart-stopping track and field action and Spain’s football victory on home turf to the unforgettable performances of Vitaly Scherbo, Fu Mingxia and the Dream Team, the Olympic Channel will bring you the best of the Games featured on the day it happened 25 years ago.
The Olympic Channel is a ground-breaking global platform where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.