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WORLD OLYMPIANS ASSOCIATIONOLYMPIC REVIEW49How much of an impact does the work of the WOAhave on the Olympic community?I was fortunate to keep my involvement with the sportbecause of the technique I developed, but not manyathletes did. Today we have an organisation that isbuilding National Associations worldwide to enable allto stay involved, promote benefits and becomeambassadors for goodwill in sport.Has social networking helped the WOA grow and develop?There is a constant demand for Olympians to try andconnect with people they have met through theGames. It's fascinating to watch how different peopleuse these wonderful tools to reconnect and interact.Is there scope for WOA engagement in thedevelopment of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG)?One of the major advantages of the WOA is that it isbased very broadly - it now has a network ofOlympians in more than 130 countries - so I thinkthere is scope for some application towards the YOGgoing forward.How powerful a tool is the imagery used in reunion hospitality centres?Images are a very powerful method of sharing ourlove of sport and for exchanging experiences withathletes of different nationality and ethnicity. We allhave our heroes and this is a fantastic place to meetthem. It almost recreates the atmosphere of anOlympic Village.What are your memories of winning gold at the1968 Games in Mexico City?To be in an Olympic stadium with 80,000 fans andwatch other events was an incredible experience andit really changed my life. Competing with Russiansand East Germans under the threat of nuclear wartaught me that we have so much more in commonthan the things that keep us apart through politics. How much are you looking forward to the 2012 Games?London has a great tradition of sport and the city isalready very multi-cultural. I am excited for peoplefrom all over the world to go there. I think it's going to be a terrific Games and a great experience for all involved.AboveRichard Fosbury wins gold in Mexico Citywith his eponymous style of clearing the barRICHARD FOSBURY Q&A