POSTED: November 9th 2015

10,000 citizens of Hamburg gather to show support for the Hamburg 2024 Olympic bid

10,000 people form Olympic rings in support of Hamburg 2024 bid © Hamburg 2024
10,000 people form Olympic rings in support of Hamburg 2024 bid © Hamburg 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Last Sunday morning, Hamburg 2024 received a strong show of support from the people of Hamburg. More than 10,000 people gathered at Hamburg's Stadtpark to demonstrate their support. The thousands of people came together to form the Olympic rings and be officially judged as a world record.

"Mind-blowing. I still can't fathom it. We here in Hamburg have created an image that will be seen all over the world, and that demonstrates how fired up we are to hold the Olympics in our great city," expressed Frederik Braun.

The founders of Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model railway museum, organized the private initiative. Over 400 volunteers were also present to aid in the organizing of the initiative. Also, at the event was the team from Bewerbungsgesellschaft Hamburg 2024, organizers of Hamburg's Olympic bid.

CEO of Hamburg 2024, Nikolas Hill stated, "I'm overwhelmed by the strong support from the citizens of Hamburg and of the entire region."

He added, "It is an impressive demonstration of the city's enthusiasm for the games and a warm invitation to the Olympic community from Hamburg's citizens."

Chief Adjudicator of Guinness World Records in London, Marco Frigatti was on hand to officially confirm the record for the book. The initiative was marked in the Guinness Book of World Records saying, "The largest human Olympic rings were achieved by Miniatur Wunderland (Germany), in Stadtpark, Hamburg, on 8 November 2015."

An 80-meter-high aerial platform, drones, and helicopters captured the massive flash mob. Never before has a strong signal of support for an Olympic bid been seen through such a brief initiative.

Frederik's brother, Gerrit Braun commented, "The pictures are incredible. I would never have thought that so many people would respond to our call and do their bit for the Olympic Games on a cool Sunday morning in autumn. That's a sign of real enthusiasm. How knows, perhaps the rings were even visible from outer space. We'd love to know whether they were recorded by a satellite."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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