With just one year to go until next year's Games, Tokyo 2020 asked athletes around the world about their very first memories of the Olympics. In the first of three features, Tokyo 2020 speaks to Amy Hunt, Oswaldo Guimaraes, Elodie Clouvel and Bruno Hortelano.
Amy Hunt, Great Britain, Athletics
U-18 200m world record holder, European U-20 gold medal winner and Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful.
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I massively used to look up to her.
I reckon I definitely had a poster of her at one point on my wall.
"My earliest Olympic memory was probably watching the Beijing Opening Ceremony. I think I was probably like six or seven. That's the first memory of the Olympics I have, seeing all the drums and drummers, that’s my kind of overriding memory."
"I must have watched Usain Bolt but I don’t necessarily remember it.
"So my first proper experience was London 2012 when I was in Year 5 at school, probably 10 years old. And that was insane, watching Jess Ennis. Obviously she was such a huge inspiration for me as a young girl.
"I massively used to look up to her. I reckon I definitely had a poster of her at one point on my wall. She was such an inspiration for me and such an idol.
"Watching Super Saturday was so inspiring and so incredible to prove that, yeah, that’s something I can do. I could reach that high as well."
Great Britain's 200m U-18 world record holder looks back to her first memory of the Olympics, including Beijing drummers and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Oswaldo Guimaraes, Brazil, Handball
Rio 2016 Olympian and 2015 Pan-American Championship gold medallist.
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The boy who regretted that there were no Games in his country in 2004
was able to compete in the Games in 2016 on home soil.
"My first memory of the Olympic Games is from Atlanta 96. As a sports fan, it seemed like a gift to turn on the television at any time and be able to watch the competition live."
"The following year, I have the memory of the candidacy of Rio 2004. Although I saw 2004 as the distant future at seven years old, I was very excited by that possibility. Unfortunately, Rio did not manage to host the Games that year. But by chance they tried again for 2016 and this time it was a success.
"Life's coincidences: the boy who regretted that there were no Games in his country in 2004, was able to compete in the Games in 2016 on home soil. That was a unique experience and sensation in my life."
The final athlete to lift the Olympic flame and light the huge cauldron in Atlanta was heavyweight boxing legend, Muhammad Ali. Director Bud Greenspan again relies on detailed studies of individual athletes, and this film features conversations with sprinter Michael Johnson, British rowing ace Steven Redgrave, veteran French cyclist Jeannie Longo, and Ireland's controversial gold medallist in swimming, Michelle Smith. Archery, weight-lifting and gymnastics are also featured, as well as the men's marathon, won by South African Josia Thugwane. These centennial Summer Games marked the fourth occasion on which a U.S. City hosted the Olympiad. Bud Greenspan | 1997 | 206'
Elodie Clouvel, France, Modern Pentathlon
2016 Olympic silver medallist, 2013 mixed relay World Champion and 2016 individual World Championship silver medallist.
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Seeing Laure Manaudou winning in front of me
made me cry and realise that I really wanted to become Olympic champion
"My first Olympic memory was Laure Manaudou in Athens 2004 when she became Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle."
"I was in front of my TV... 15-years-old. I wanted to become Olympic champion at a very young age but seeing Laure Manaudou winning in front of me, I was 15 and a swimmer at that time, about to join the sport study program, made me cry and realised that I really wanted to become Olympic champion. It became concrete and real. 'This is possible'.
"She made me dream when she won in Athens. I remember the race, I remember the time by heart: 4:05:34. I can see myself sitting on this couch at my parents watching the final.
"This is my best Olympic memory. The one that made me realise that becoming Olympic champion was possible."
French Olympic modern pentathlon silver medallist Elodie Clouvel talks about the self-belief she gained from compatriot Laure Manaudou's performance at Athens 2004.
Bruno Hortelano, Spain, Athletics
2016 Olympic 200m semi-finalist, 2016 European 200m champion and 2018 European 4x400m bronze medallist.
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I'm a dreamer...
The same child that was eight years old and dreamed about the Olympics
"I'm a dreamer, I'm an artist and I continue to be a child. The same child that was eight years old and dreamed about the Olympics after seeing the Games in Sydney on the TV."
"The eight-year-old child watching the Games in Sydney didn't imagine that he could compete in one, not one little bit. I only wanted to be the fastest child in my class, in Toronto. Those were my Olympic Games."
The ceremony took place on 1 October in Stadium Australia. It attracted a record attendance of 114,714 people.