Sunday, May 27, 2018

O is for Olympic Games

In this case, the Athens games of 2004.

This stamp celebrates Greek athlete Hrysopiyi "Piyi" Devetzi's silver medal placement in the triple jump event.



Her story ends a bit sadly with a ban and revocation of her bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. Read more at wikipedia.

For more links to stamps with 'O' topics, head over to Sunday Stamps.

12 comments:

  1. I was quite surprised to read about the revocations of medals (some of them!).

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    1. Top athletes must be under a lot of pressure to perform well - enhancements must be such a temptation.

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    1. True, and she still has her silver medal.

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  3. that is a pity of what happens in the sports' world. But as violet said, at least her stamp lives on!

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    1. Certainly impressive to be alive and be on a stamp.

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    2. In Spain it's no allowed for alive people to appear on stamps, except for the Royal Family. Sometimes they appear on the selvage, or the sheet (like here), but not exactly on the stamp

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    3. I think that is true for a lot of countries - at least after someone has died they can't do anything that would disqualify them from being considered. I think it is such a nice idea to do Olympic winner stamps like this - I think the UK created a stamp for the gold medal winners that was issued *the next day*, and they also had. postbox painted gold in their home town.

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  4. It's a nice stamp, and despite of the loss of medals, being on a stamp seems a big honour to me :-)

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    1. Absolutely - must be amazing to see yourself on postage.

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  5. There were so many Olympic stamps to chose from that I decided to give them a miss. Had never seen this one though.

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    1. Yes, a lot of winners = a lot of stamps.

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