As I was watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympic games in Beijing tonight, I found myself reminiscing to 20 years ago. I was 9 years old when the 1988 games were happening in Korea and Roger was there with a skydiving team to jump into the opening ceremony. They built the Olympic rings in freefall, then landing in the stadium under canopy and were part of a flag ceremony before walking off the field. Do you remember that? I remember we watched for hours for that one short segment to air. When it came on we were over the moon excited.
Roger always jumps barefoot, but the dress code for this jump was rigid. Of course everyone had to look the same, down to the shoes. Roger wasn't thrilled with that, and said as soon as he left the stadium he traded those shoes for trinkets for us - little ceramic dishes and pins with the Olympic rings.
We have a massive photo of the rings from the wonderful and talented arial photographer, Norman Kent, in our living room at home. I've looked for a digital copy online a few times, but never found much. I searched again tonight, and imagine my surprise tonight when a good photo on his site (credited to him below) and a VIDEO on YouTube of the full skydiving segment. It's the first time I've seen this in twenty years. I totally cried, it's just that beautiful to me.
On a side note, my niece, Kayla, made her first tandem skydive today with my mom and Roger at an event up in Canada. What a day!
Roger is in the blue ring at '10 o'clock'
Photo by the one and only Norman Kent