POSTED: April 2nd 2016
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Olympics: Fiona May, Federico Buffa, and Stephan James discuss the past and possible future for Rome 2024 Games

(L to R) Rome 2024 Bid Committee Ambassador in charge of Athlete Relations, Fiona May; actor, Stephan James; and journalist, Federico Buffa © Rome 2024
(L to R) Rome 2024 Bid Committee Ambassador in charge of Athlete Relations, Fiona May; actor, Stephan James; and journalist, Federico Buffa © Rome 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A journey through time was taken by Rome 2024 Bid Committee Ambassador in charge of Athlete Relations, Fiona May; journalist, Federico Buffa; and actor, Stephan James. May, Buffa, and James gathered at the Olympic Stadium, which housed the Rome 1960 Olympic Games' Opening Ceremony, to discuss the incredible story of African American athlete, Jesse Owens.

Rome is bidding against Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 summer Games and the IOC will select their final city next year.

James will be in appearing in the lead role of the biographical drama 'Race,' which is about Owens. The drama centers around Owens struggle to compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics that was endorsed by Hitler and Goebbels to support the alleged superiority of the Aryan race. Owens went on to win four gold medals in the 100m race, 200m race, long jump, and 4x100 relay at the 1936 Games. The amazing story of Owens is a perfect blend of the Olympic Values.

May commented on the struggle women would have faced saying, "For me at that time it would have been even worse than for Jesse Owen. Hitler was not really a great supporter of women...I would have definitely been afraid. For them, I would have been a strange creature."

The meeting between the three also looked to the future and the 2024 Games.

Buffa touched on how the 1960 Games legacy would be felt during the 2024 Games if Rome was awarded them stating, "Here, Livio Berruti won a memorable medal in 1960 and Abebe Bikila ran the marathon barefoot through the city. It was a unique race, in 2024, those emotions could be experienced again."

"What we really want is to bring back the Olympic spirit that Stephan James interpreted with Jesse Owens; the heart, the courage, this is what counts the most," added May.  

"Walking into the Olympic stadium is impressive...I can't find any reason why the Olympics shouldn't be hosted in this city; Rome is extraordinary!," expressed James.  

"Italy is a country that is changing...we want to open the doors of the country and ensure, particularly to the young generations, the extraordinary Olympic experience," concluded May.

** 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 www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


Keywords · Rome 2024 · Olympic bidding · 1936 Berlin Olympics · 1960 Olympics · Jesse Owens


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