Game Makers
More than Champions
Barrier Removers
Additional Objects

Olympians never fail to inspire. Despite scandal and political differences, the athletes provide a glimpse of a world where competition can bring out the best in every participant. As they shatter records, Olympians break barriers. Since 1896 they broke down walls for women, racial and ethnic groups, and impoverished nations. The Games endure as a symbol of global community. The athletes embody that symbol.

National Museum of American History   Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service