POSTED: September 12th 2015
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Rome 2024: Foro Italico's Stadio dei Marmi proves a stunning setting for the LGCT showjumping event

The event is being held in the Stadio dei Marmi which ringed by 59 neo-classic statues depicting different sports / LGCT
The event is being held in the Stadio dei Marmi which ringed by 59 neo-classic statues depicting different sports / LGCT

(L to R) Bruce Springsteen, Jan Tops, and Giovanni Malago, head of CONI / LGCT
(L to R) Bruce Springsteen, Jan Tops, and Giovanni Malago, head of CONI / LGCT

Olympic, World and European Champions are competing at the Grand Prix / LGCT
Olympic, World and European Champions are competing at the Grand Prix / LGCT

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) Rome is flexing its hosting muscles pulling out all the stops staging an awe inspiring Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) showjumping event in the heart of the famed Olympic compound, Foro Italico.

The Stadio dei Marmi is hosting the world class equestrian event offering a glittering cast of VIP riders on the prestigious tour including American Jessica Springsteen who was cheered on from the stands by non other than her Grammy award winning rock star father, "Born to Run" Bruce Springsteen.

The quintessential Mussolini architecture set an amazing stage, with the 59 suggestive statues as a background proving the strength of the Eternal City to offer a background like no other for Olympic TV. 

I worked with the European Olympic Committees (IOC) for 11 years and had the unequalled pleasure of having the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) as my daily workplace. During this time I also helped the US Olympic rights holder, NBC, to film an Emmy winning documentary about the 1964 Games that were hosted here. The venue scenes were absolutely gorgeous and a television treat as the sports were so beautifully integrated into the iconic historical areas of the city.

The Rome 2024 bid to host the Summer Games was launched yesterday back to back with the LGCT three day event made a perfect send off. 

Rome joins the growing group of world class destinations that are bidding including Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris, and Budapest is officially expected to join this next week too.

One thing is for sure by the looks of this historic venue, Rome sure knows how to throw a sports party! 


**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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