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The Gaia Olympics 2004, also known as the 1st Gaia Olympics and 1st Gaia Olympic Race, were held on August 29th, 2004. The event was sponsored and hosted by Johnny K. Gambino.


Event[]

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Initial complications[]

Following some server maintenance on August 26th, 2004, the event was originally scheduled to launch August 27th at 6:00pm (PST). However, problems with the servers persisted and the event was postponed to the following day.[1] The delay drove Gambino to leave an aggressive update on the situation later that night:

Icon minipost.gifPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:37 pm

Those LOUSY Admins... What do I pay them for?! BWAHAHAAAHAA Well, anyway, I got them working to the bone on MY LATEST EVENT... YES, the FIRST GAIA OLYMPIC RACE!

Stay tuned and I'll keep ya posted whilst I continue to flog every single one of them until they get the event rolling. Icon scream.gif [2]

The complications persisted into the 28th, causing the event to be pushed back to the 29th instead due to bad weather.[2] Gambino updated users on the situation, once again showing his frustration at the circumstances:

Icon minipost.gifPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2004 1:55 pm

Blaargh, the weather has not cooperated and the race has been postponed. Damn the Gaian Gods... I AM LOSING PROFIT EVERY MINUTE!

The race will begin Sunday morning, BE THERE BWHAHHAHHA! [2]

Preparation[]

On the 28th, all of Gaia was decorated with race markers in anticipation of the event. A large "START" banner was hung over Gambino's mansion on Isle de Gambino, with small marker flags dotting the path through Port of Gambino, Bass'ken Lake, Barton Town, Barton West, Durem Reclamation Facility, all the way to the "CHECKPOINT" banner hung in the southwest corner of Durem.

Contestants[]

Gambino personally hand-picked two contestants from each major town in Gaia to represent their home. Each contestant had a unique set of strengths and weaknesses that would affect their odds at winning the race.[3] In addition, they all moved at different speeds from one another.

Contestant Stats[3] Map sprites
First contestant
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  • Name: Ian
  • Hometown: Barton
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 135lbs
  • Bloodtype: O
  • Strengths: Stamina
  • Weaknesses: Frugal
On land:

Ian running Gaia Olympics 2004.gif
In water:
Ian swimming Gaia Olympics 2004.gif

Second contestant
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  • Name: Leon
  • Hometown: Barton
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 275lbs
  • Bloodtype: O
  • Strengths: Strength, Power
  • Weaknesses: Slow
On land:

Leon running Gaia Olympics 2004.gif
In water:
Leon swimming Gaia Olympics 2004.gif

Third contestant
Stat sashaThe Gaia Olympics2004.gif
  • Name: Sasha
  • Hometown: Isle de Gambino
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 125lbs
  • Bloodtype: B
  • Strengths: Swimming
  • Weaknesses: Sense of Direction
On land:

Sasha running Gaia Olympics 2004.gif
In water:
Sasha swimming Gaia Olympics 2004.gif

Fourth contestant
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  • Name: Gino
  • Hometown: Isle de Gambino
  • Height: 4'11"
  • Weight: 85lbs
  • Bloodtype: AB
  • Strengths: Son of Gambino
  • Weaknesses: Son of Gambino
On land:

Gino running Gaia Olympics 2004.gif
In water:
Gino swimming Gaia Olympics 2004.gif

Fifth contestant
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  • Name: Moira
  • Hometown: Durem
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 115lbs
  • Bloodtype: AB
  • Strengths: Unpredictable
  • Weaknesses: Troubled Past
On land:

Moira running Gaia Olympics 2004.gif
In water:
Moira swimming Gaia Olympics 2004.gif

Sixth contestant
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  • Name: Edmund
  • Hometown: Durem
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 205lbs
  • Bloodtype: A
  • Strengths: Speed, Agility
  • Weaknesses: Women
On land:

Edmund runningGaia Olympics 2004.gif
In water:
Edmund swimmingGaia Olympics 2004.gif

The race begins[]

Event page (recreation).

With the resolution of repeated delays and preparation for the event complete, the race finally began on the morning of August 29th at 10:30am (PST).[4] The first lap of the course would see the contestants race from the starting point on Isle de Gambino, south through the Port of Gambino and Bass'ken Lake toward Barton Town, then west through Barton West to the checkpoint in Durem. The second and final lap was a race back to the starting point.[4]

Gambino hosted the event from his mansion, leading to an event page with a forum (accessed by clicking the "VIEW THE FORUM!" button) where users could settle in and discuss the race as it happened.[3] A separate event page (accessed by clicking "VIEW THE ACTION!") featured links to each of the maps which showed sprites of the NPCs racing, allowing users to follow the race in real time with added commentary from Gambino who also acted as MC.[4]

Isle de Gambino to Bass'ken Lake[]

Barton Town to Durem Reclamation Facility[]

Delayed announcement[]

In the heat of the action, Gambino had completely forgotten to announce the launch of the event which had been ongoing for the last 3 hours. He posted one last response to his thread in Announcements with a link to the event page before returning to the race:

Icon minipost.gifPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 1:33 pm

I got so excited with the start of the race today, that I forgot to tell you all about it here...

Welcome to the 1st Gaia Olympic Race! THE RACE HAS BEGUN!

To follow along with the race, just watch the maps, and read all my witty commentary HERE! BWHAHHAHHA! [2]

Gambino's commentary[]

Below is the full transcript of Gambino's commentary during the race:

10:30am BWAHAHAHA, Grab your consessions and find a seat.
10:40am Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1st Gaia Olympic Race! THE RACE HAS BEGUN!
10:50am Moira is taking the lead! Gino, what are you doing? Get a move on!
11:45am Looks like Ian's the first into the lake giving him the advantage. Edmund's hot on his trail but Sasha's a good swimmer so this might give her some advantage very soon!
11:58am What's This!? Why is Ian stopping at the bait shop? If i were him, I wouldn't blow my lead like that... A true champion doesn't waste time with shopping...sigh...
12:10pm Looks like Ian's little excursion cost him dearly... BWAHAAHAA. And Moira's back in the lead, she's got a fiery little temper that one. My good man Edmund seems to be picking up a lot of ground as well. GINO!! You get moving or I'm gonna--ahem... nevermind. BWAHAAAHA!!!
12:33pm OH HO HO HO HO... Just as I expected. Edmund has taken the lead. Ninja I tell you... Ninja. Learns from the BEST which is ME of course!! BWAHAHAHAAHA!!
12:50pm No Sasha! You're supposed to run the other way! Erm wait... Gino, now's your chance to get out of LAST PLACE!! Lousy good for nothing *mumble mumble*... What is this I see?! Ian stopping at the Jewelry store? Man, this guy can't pass up a deal now can he? Ah well, one less competitor from Barton...
12:57pm WHAT's THIS!? GINO in SECOND PLACE!? Sounds awfully famliar... not good enough son! You bring home the gold or nothing. BWAHAAHAHAAA!! (boy... Edmund is really pulling ahead)
1:20pm As they approach their hometowns, looks like Edmund and Moira are neck and neck... those two have REALLY pulled ahead! Gotta hand it to them, really showin their town spirit like that. HEAR THAT GINO?!!


Further notes[]

  • In the code for the Maps section during the event, each of the contestants are numbered 1 through 6: Ian, Leon, Sasha, Gino, Moira, and Edmund, respectively. With this in mind, their placements in the race were likely decided from the very beginning.

References[]

  1. Gaia Online.com, Forum, Announcements, First GAIA Olympic Event Coming Soon...
    MIRROR
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gaia Online.com, Forum, Announcements, Hold Yer Horses, GAIA OLYMPICS ARE COMING
    MIRROR
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Archive.org, Gaia Online.com, 1st Olympic Race event page (index) (August 31, 2004).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Archive.org, Gaia Online.com, 1st Olympic Race event page (race) (August 31, 2004).

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