Monday, September 24, 2012

1992 Summer & Winter Olympics 4.2.1992

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992. The International Olympic Committee voted in 1986 to separate the Summer and Winter Games, which had been held in the same year since 1924, and place them in alternating even-numbered years, beginning in 1994. The 1992 Summer Games were the last to be staged in the same year as the Winter Games. Due to the end of the Cold War, these games were the first without boycotts since 1972. The 1992 Winter Games were held at Albertville in France.
Impact of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games on Barcelona. Although the games were heralded as a huge success by virtually all who watched, attended and competed, the real success, at least as far as the city of Barcelona and her residents were concerned, was the long-lasting positive impact the Olympics had on the city. From the status of relatively provincial port city (think along the lines of Naples), Barcelona was catapulted into cosmopolitan resort on the Mediterranean and by the end of the 90s had become one of Europe's most visited cities, behind London, Paris and Rome.
The stamps on the cover and the cover itself were issued by Finland on 4.2.1992 to commemorate these Games. And the FDC was sent to me by friend Pia.

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