Olympia is a 1938 Germandocumentary film written, directed and produced by Leni Riefenstahl, documenting the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. The film was released in two parts: Olympia 1. Teil — Fest der Völker (Festival of Nations) and Olympia 2. Teil — Fest der Schönheit (Festival of Beauty). It was the first documentary feature film of the Olympic Games ever made. Many advanced motion picture techniques, which later became industry standards but which were groundbreaking at the time, were employed —including unusual camera angles, smash cuts, extreme close-ups, placing tracking shot rails within the bleachers, and the like. The techniques employed are almost universally admired, but the film is controversial due to its political context. Nevertheless, the film appears on many lists of the greatest films of all-time, including Time magazine's "All-Time 100 Movies."
Olympia set the precedent for future films documenting and glorifying the Olympic Games, particularly the Summer Games. The 1936 Summer Olympics torch relay was devised by the German sports official Dr. Carl Diem for these Olympic Games in Berlin. Riefenstahl later staged the torch relay for this film, as with competitive events of the Games.
Opened in 1886 as the National Agricultural Hall, it was built by Andrew Handyside and Company of Derby and covered an area of 4 acres (16,000m2). The Grand Hall, 450 feet (140m) in length, by 250 feet (76m) in breadth, was said to be the largest building in the United Kingdom covered by one span of iron and glass.
It now features four event venues and a conference centre. The event venues are Olympia Grand (19,325m²), Olympia National (8,730m²), Olympia Central (formerly Two) (7,850m²) and Olympia West (7,688m²).
Olympia’s story began in May 1884. John Whitley had created the National Agricultural Hall Company with the aim of building and operating the country's largest covered show centre. The National Agricultural Hall soon changed its name to Olympia in keeping with its ideals and objectives.
Resurfice Corporation is a manufacturer of ice resurfacing equipment based in Elmira, Ontario, Canada. Their Olympia brand product line includes push models through full size models built on a Chevy Powertrain. In early 2009, Don Schlupp, the company's director of sales and marketing, said that the company had about a 70% share of the market in North America, but later that year the company said it produces about the same number of machines as Zamboni.
The company was selected as the official supplier of ice resurfacing equipment to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in a lease of 17 machines. This also included a contract to develop battery powered machines resulting in the development of the Olympia Cellect. The Cellect is powered by NiCad batteries, recharges fully in 6–8 hours to provide 30-35 resurfacings before recharging. A pair of Olympia Cellect resurfacers failed while working the ice at the speed skating venue during the olympics forcing organizers to quickly bring in a Zamboni resurfacer in use at the speed skating venue in Calgary used in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Resurfice issued a press release stating that the issues were due to maintenance issues, not design.