Games Ceases Operations
16 years, encompassing five Summer and one Winter Goodwill Games
that included nearly 20,000 athletes from 100 countries, dozens
of world records and countless memories, the Goodwill Games
have ceased operations.
brainchild of founder Ted Turner, the Goodwill Games began in
1986 in the host city of Moscow, Russia as a way to ease tensions
during the Cold War through friendly athletic competition between
nations. With the end of the Cold War, the Games' focus shifted
toward youth initiatives. Using sports as a way to better young
people's lives, the Goodwill Games raised millions of dollars
Goodwill Games would take place in Seattle, WA (1990), St. Petersburg,
Russia (1994), New York City, NY (1998), Brisbane, Australia
(2001) and a Winter Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, NY in 2000.
athletes that have appeared in the Games over the years are
a who's who of international stars in their respective sports.
They include the likes of Carl Lewis, Sergei Bubka, Marion Jones,
Felix Savon, Oscar de la Hoya, Tim Duncan, Oksana Baiul, Jackie
Joyner-Kersee, Michael Johnson, Ian Thorpe, and the list goes
on and on. The camaraderie and friendships developed at this
multi-sport event, as well as the memories of a great sporting
competition will last a lifetime.