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‘Olympic Picasso’ combines love for sports, art

February 17th, 2018

 — He is known around the world as the “Olympic Picasso” — a former Olympian whose two passions are sports and art.

During the 2018 winter games, Roald Bradstock is combining those talents in a historic way. Read the rest of this entry »

„Olympischer Picasso“ bringt Athleten zum Malen

February 16th, 2018

Der britische Künstler Roald Bradstock wird auch der olympische Picasso genannt. Bei den Winterspielen in Pyeongchang bringt er Athleten dazu, den Pinsel zu schwingen. Die gemeinsamen Bilder sollen im Olympischen Museum in Lausanne landen.

Seltsame Dinge gehen bei den Winterspielen in Pyeongchang im olympischen Dorf vor sich.

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Winter Olympics 2018: ‘Geonbae!’ with two former Olympians

February 11th, 2018

#TeamTennessee has high aspirations for what sport they would compete in to bring home the gold. USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee staffers Joe Rexrode, Geoff Calkins and Andrew Nelles will be covering the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang. Ayrika Whitney/USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

Raise your hand if you remember the old “Saturday Night Live” sketch with Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd about the Festrunk brothers from Czechoslovakia (like I said, it’s old). Their catchphrase was: “We’re two wild and crazy guys!” If you didn’t raise your hand, check YouTube. Good 1970s stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight Instagrammers to Follow for an Insider’s View of the Olympic Games

February 9th, 2018

From art and food to skis and skates, these Instagrammers give you a behind-the-scenes look at #Pyeongchang2018


Can’t make it to the Olympic Games this year but still want to stay up-to-date on what happens outside the competition? These eight Instagram accounts are must-follows for behind-the-scenes shots and Korean culture. And don’t forget to follow the official Olympics Instagram to see the heart of the action.

Roald Bradstock (@roaldbradstock​)

In 2014, the International Olympic Committee launched an artists-in-residence program to bring arts back into the Olympic Games. This year’s artists are all former Olympians. Roald Bradstock competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics for England as a javelin thrower. He’s now a full-time artist, and for his residency, he’ll be working on 16 collaborative large-scale paintings representing the Games. Every morning of the Olympics, he plans to set up a blank canvas in the Olympic Village and invite competing athletes to paint whatever they want.

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Meet the 2018 Olympic Artists in Residence

February 8th, 2018

Four artists who are also athletes will make art by Olympians for Olympians at the PyeongChang Olympics


Athletes from around the world have gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea, to kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics. Among the men and women competing are four current and former athletes charged with a special mission: to bring art to the Olympic Village.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this week that it has selected four athletes to serve as Olympic artists in residence for this year’s winter games. Greek-American distance runner Alexi Pappas, British javelin thrower Roald Bradstock, American biathlete Lanny Barnes, and Swiss fencer Jean-Blaise Evéquoz, each of whom are artists who have competed in the Olympics at least once, will collaborate on two projects throughout the duration of the games. Read the rest of this entry »


February 5th, 2018
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They have taken part in the Olympic Games at least once as athletes and they are artists. In PyeongChang, they will not be in contention for a medal, but they will bring the Olympic values to life through art and by coming together with athletes in the Olympic Village. Olympians Alexi Pappas (10 km runner), Roald Bradstock (javelin thrower), Lanny Barnes (biathlete) and Jean-Blaise Evequoz (fencer) are the “Olympian artists” at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Athletes Selected as Artists in Residence at the Olympics

February 5th, 2018

For this year’s creative program, the International Olympic Committee is calling on some familiar faces.

By Talya Minsberg
Feb. 5, 2018

A group of Olympic athletes is attending the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but they won’t be competing for medals.

Instead, they will travel to Pyeongchang, South Korea, as Olympic artists in residence, the International Olympic Committee announced today.

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Paralympic values promoted through art

February 24th, 2017

Paralympic values promoted through art


‘Art of the Olympians’ is a platform where Olympians and Paralympians can show their creative side, express themselves and document their involvement in the arts.


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British Olympic track and field athlete Roald Bradstock has brought together dozens of Olympians and Paralympians through his project ‘Art of the Olympians’ (AOTO), creating a virtual and physical platform where they can show their creative side, express themselves, showcase their work and document their involvement in the arts.

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Recent News – Fall 2016

October 4th, 2016

AOTO Executive Director Roald Bradstock launches global campaign and search for new artists on CNN International

March 14th, 2016


Roald Bradstock: Has the time come for a “Super-Olympics”?

January 20th, 2016

Roald Bradstock ©ITG

Are we fighting a losing battle trying to stop athletes taking performance enhancing drugs? Is cheating just so much a part of “our” collective genetic makeup that it can never be eradicated from sport? Is the only option to throw more money at it, and make the offenders criminals and put them in prison, or is there an alternative, albeit extreme option?

What if we went the other direction, and did a 180, and created an entirely new “genre” in the sports world, where it would be not only legal to take PEDs, but you would actually be encouraged to take them?

We have the Olympic and Paralympic Games for abled and disabled athletes. Why not add another section for enabled and enhanced athletes? Creating Super-Olympics would give those individual athletes and state sponsored programs that want to cheat a stage and an outlet. Could this be the solution? Maybe, just maybe, these “cheats”, be it individuals or statewide programs, would then self-purge themselves and move to the new platform, a sand box created especially for them, where they could go and play. Then the decks would be cleared and our current system could be cleaned up. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth Sport Trust

December 14th, 2015

Javelin Greats, Coaches Cheer Olympic Hopeful

November 17th, 2015

One was the first American to hold the world record in the javelin. Another competed in eight Olympic Trials and made three British Olympic teams. A third coached Australian throwers at three Summer Games.

The trio were among five javelin coaches or stars who shared thoughts on Leigh Petranoff’s dream to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The new San Marcos resident — a daughter of former world record holder Tom Petranoff — competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. She is interviewed here.

Comments from a javelin panel assembled by Times of San Diego:

Bud Held, 1952 Olympian

In 1953, Held became the first American to set a world record in the javelin — and the first to break the 80-meter mark with his world record of 263 feet 10 inches. He had a best of 270 feet and was inducted into the national Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1987.

Bud Held, Olympian and world record setter. Photos by Ken Stone and (inset)
Bud Held, Olympian and world record setter. Photos by Ken Stone and (inset)

Held: I feel a little presumptuous about making suggestions to Leigh about her javelin throwing, considering her father’s abilities. Also, I only saw her make one throw on one occasion, and I did not pay a lot of attention to her form. Read the rest of this entry »

Bradstock Testimonial from AOTO Documentary with Peggy Fleming

October 3rd, 2015

Roald Bradstock: Inspirational Cheats

December 10th, 2014

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Roald Bradstock Inspiration is an integral part of sports: inspiring stories, inspirational performances and inspirational athletes.

Cheating, unfortunately, is another, albeit less savory, aspect of the sporting world.

But how can two such polar opposites come together to inspire us? It’s not possible, is it? Read the rest of this entry »