Olympic Spirit Sculpture Gives Luck to Athletes at London 2012 Says The Artist, Anna Chromy

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There are rumours of this sculpture in London's Olympic Village giving luck to athletes who engage with it. But what are the rumours based on?

The Olympic Spirit Sculpture is rumoured to bring luck to admiring Olympians

The Olympic Spirit

"Now carries a living spirit within its bronze shell", Anna Chromy

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The Olympic Spirit, a towering masterpiece by Anna Chromy, stands in the Olympic Village opposite Team GB's appartments. A classical depiction of athletic strength, it was donated and positioned by Lord Moynihan, Chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), to compliment all athletes through The Games. Now questions are being asked, following results from the first two days' events, whether athletes who admire and engage with The Olympic Spirit are more likely to win medals.

Positioned in the high-security Olympic Village, home to athletes from all nations, The Olympic Spirit is exclusively for the pleasure of Olympians. It is completely out of sight to spectators and the general public. Athletes have been admiring and photographing the sculpture, and some of them are even tweeting their pictures to the artist #annachromy.

At the end of The Games, The Olympic Spirit is to be auctioned and the proceeds donated to the BOA for their work in nurturing future athletes for the Olympic stage. This gives further reason why the sculpture should gather such popularity from current olympians, but does it explain the rumour about it actually bringing luck to those who admire it?

On her website, Anna Chromy is promoting the pictures taken by athletes and encouraging more to do the same. On it she explains three reasons why Olympians should record and post images of her sculpture:

1. To relay feedback of the sculpture back to the artist

2. To spread awareness and recognition of the Olympic Spirit while it is privately on display in the Olympic Village

3. To increase the amount raised for BOA when the sculpture is auctioned

To add further incentive for athletes who participate, Anna Chromy is giving away small replica versions of The Olympic Spirit, each worth as much as £18,000 to the most original pictures sent in.

Lord Moynihan, himself an Olympic medalist said "The sculpture now sitting outside London’s Olympic HQ looks magnificent against the background of the Olympic Venues on the horizon." Anna Chromy, when asked why athletes think it brings good luck, explained "So much time, energy and thought went into researching the subject for this sculpture, and now it carries a living spirit deep within its bronze outer shell."

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