Hey Everyone!!! I hope you guys had a great weekend & 4th of July holiday. My family and I had a great time celebrating the 4th of July yesterday. We took advantage of it being a FREE admission day at one of my favorite places in Little Rock, the Clinton Presidential Library. I love learning about history and visiting museums and the Clinton Presidential Library is full of history. Plus, I love going to explore the temporary exhibits too. They are always fun and interesting. Yesterday, we went to see the Olympic exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library. It’s the latest temporary exhibit and it’s called Ameican Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory.
This is a great time to learn about the Olympics and see memorabilia from Olympic games of the past. Especially since the summer Olympics in Rio will begin next month. I’ve never had the opportunity to go to an Olympics but thanks to the Olympic exhibit at the Clinton Library I was able to see medals, sports gear, torches, and more on display from some of America’s greatest athletes.
I liked that the exhibit was split into two parts. Downstairs on the main level of the Clinton Library, you can find an exhibit about the Winter Olympics. Which is where we began our visit. It was amazing to see medals from the Salt Lake City Games on display.
My favorite item on display from the Winter Olympic exhibit was a bobsled. I was surprised to see just how big a bobsled really is. And I must admit that I really wanted to climb inside of the bobsled and imagine gliding down the ice. However, I resisted the urge out of fear of being kicked out of the Clinton Library. LOL!
This ice skating costume was another great piece of Winter Olympic memorabilia that is included in the exhibit. The ice skating competitions are my favorites from the Winter Olympic games. The ice skaters are always so brave and graceful on the ice.
After touring the Winter Olympics exhibit we made our way upstairs to the 3rd floor to view the Summer Olympics exhibit. But first, we stopped on the 2nd floor to take a picture of us pretending we were participating in an Olympic awards ceremony.
I’m a lot more into the Summer Olympics vs. the Winter Olympics. I enjoy watching the Track & Field events, the gymnastics, and Venus & Serena if they are playing tennis. So I was excited to find items from my favorite Summer Olympic events included in the exhibit.
First off, I was excited to see the leotards on display from some of the women gymnasts who have competed in Olympics from the past.
I really enjoyed seeing this photo of Jesse Owens with President Ford. I recently watched the movie Race about Jesse Owens the Olympic track athlete who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin during Nazi Germany. He won four gold medals in Berlin. Although, he was not acknowledged by the president in 1936 when he won four gold medals. He was awarded the Presidential Freedom Medal in 1976 by President Ford. So it was nice to see that the exhibit featured this piece of American history.
Next, I was pleased to see some memorabilia from my favorite tennis player. I love seeing both of the Williams sisters play tennis, but Serena is my favorite. So I was really happy to see that Serena’s shoes were included in the Olympic exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library.
These were just some of the fun and interesting memorabilia included in the Olympic exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Libary, but there is a lot of really great items to see. If you are interested in visiting the exhibit it will be on display until September 11, 2016.