The City of Coral Springs, home to countless Olympic champions, will join cities throughout the world to celebrate Tuesday, June 23 as Olympic Day 2009. With an official City proclamation, City Commissioners show their support of core Olympic ideals: fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.
The City’s own Olympic champion, Dara Torres, will speak to campers at City sites. Campers will have a chance to participate in an Olympic sport on this day. Torres, now 42, made Olympic history at the 2008 Beijing Games by becoming the first swimmer to compete in five games and the oldest female swimming medalist in history. With her three silver medals in Beijing, Torres became the oldest swimming medalist, male or female, breaking a 100-year-old record at 41 years old. Torres trains at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex.
“I am thrilled that we are celebrating this momentous day in our community with a true Olympic hero from our community,” Mayor Scott Brook said.
The United State Olympic Committee annually celebrates Olympic Day, but a partnership between Chicago 2016, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the U.S. Conference of Mayors expanded celebrations throughout the country this year. Chicago is one of the finalists to host the 2016 Olympic Games, along with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid. The City Commission joins mayors throughout the country in supporting Olympic Day 2009.