Saturday, January 10, 2009

PhotoHunt: Aftermath



In the aftermath of World War II, many countries, including Finland, were saddled by burgeoning problems, including financial collapse, health system challenges, and ideology shifts. But bouncing rather quickly from this quagmire, the Finnish capital of Helsinki successfully hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics which saw the debut appearance of athletes from countries like the Soviet Union and Israel, among others.

One of the main events of the Olympics- as in any Olympics before until now- was the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. In the Helsinki Games, Paavo Nurmi, the Flying Finn was one of two Olympic stalwarts who heralded the opening of the XVth Olympiad, alongside Hannes Kolehmainen. In the aftermath of the Nurmi juggernaut, the competition was made to drool at his nine gold medals, three silver medals, and 22 world records, earned all or in part when he participated in the 1920 Antwerp, 1924 Paris, and 1928 Amsterdam Olympiads.

17 comments:

  1. That was something different about the theme. I'm glad Finland got back real quick in recovering from the aftermath of the war. :)

    http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

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  2. that was a good take on the theme. nice to see you too, i am guessing that's you on the second shot.

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  3. oh, that is you in the second shot. i had no idea until i read the comment by photo cache. :)

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  4. A real nice take on the theme that tells history :)

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  5. Singapore went through a hard time during WW II. We were also occupied by the Japanese for almost 4 years. No more war.

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  6. I really like you take on this theme...very creative....and I learn't something as well...thanks

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  7. A very good photo choice for this week. :)

    http://lesliesmyers.blogspot.com/2009/01/whats-my-favorite-thing.html

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  8. criz: finland's an amazing place to visit. its Olympic stadium is the closest i've been to anything related to the olympics hehe

    photo cache and bengbeng: yup, that's me standing beside the flying finn =]

    elaine and leslie: thanks! i love your pics too!

    ecl: the Philippines, too, was under Japanese rule. there was so much death and destruction... i think we are still reeling from the after effects of WW2...

    RN: that's what i love about PH- i can take a tour of the world and learn without leaving my house =]

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  9. A nice aftermath for a change -- very cool! :)

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  10. Great shots. Nurmi was one of the truly great Olympians. Happy weekend

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  11. thanks for sharing this bit of olympic trivia!

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  12. I really like the tower's design and the perspective of the photo is great.

    Stop by and see my aftermath if you have time.

    http://moderatesuburbanchick.blogspot.com/

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  13. I LOVE the historical aspect of your post for the week's theme.

    Mine's aftermath of after math. Come on over to see it if you have some time today.

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  14. ytsl: i think i bent the usual definition of "aftermath" a bit... but it is nice to think of something "positive" in an event's aftermath

    jams: he is indeed! a well-deserved accolade, insufficient at the very least =]

    stan and anni: what can i say- i'm a trivia geek hehe

    jylnc: i was on my back trying to get the entire tower in the frame =] worth the effort, i must say =]

    gen: thanks for stopping by!

    happy weekend everyone!

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