Official newsletter of the WOA
World Olympians Association
to Olympic Movement
Our Olympic Promise
Bill Toomey, WOA Secretary-General
Editor-in-Chief, The Flame
Scattered around the world are a corps of dreamers of all
ages, who ran, jumped, rode, rowed, aimed high, shot far and
teamed up in pursuit of Olympic glory. The bond they share
is Olympism and it has evolved into the world's most important
festival of champions.
of you has earned the title of Olympic Family Member and should
thoroughly enjoy the benefits of membership into this select
community. A few athletes have persisted within their regions
and now have risen to the ranks of IOC membership. Many more
work in their sport to enlist others to prosper in this special
environment. But what about those of you who have become spectators?
An Olympian should fulfill the promise of his or her ties
to the Games through participation in whatever area challenges
them. The idea is not to wait to be asked, but to aggressively
think through what your life-long engagement should be.
Olympians, we are expected to share our past collectively.
With the emergence of the WOA, a huge symbolic step has been
taken that will aid all of us who want to serve our country,
our teams and even ourselves. The door is open. Walk through
it and put on your participant's pin and make the next century
one of prosperity and renewal to aid in the maintenance of
our remarkable Olympic heritage.
should also make it a point to be thankful to IOC president
Samaranch, who cared enough to open this door - carved so
elegantly by Pierre de Coubertin.
is not necessary to be a gold medal winner. Rather, it is
enough to be an Olympian.