Last week I enjoyed reading a Journey article on the experiences many of my Coca-Cola colleagues had while working on the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. They reflected on the projects they led, their favorite memories, and why hosting the Games in Coke's hometown was so special. The stories about creating Coca-Cola Olympic City were my favorite because as an 11-year-old that summer, I became a die-hard fan of the Olympics, thanks in part to Coca-Cola.
When Olympics hit my hometown, I remember all I wanted to do was watch the action on TV all day, every day. And I created a scrapbook commemorating everything. My parents were able to get us tickets to a couple of events, and I remember seeing a sea of people walking down closed-off streets in downtown Atlanta, heading to the various Olympic venues and Coca-Cola Olympic City. If anyone was wondering what I thought about the Coke activation, 11-year-old Melina certainly approved. The pages of my scrapbook above say it all.
Now, just days away from the Opening Ceremony here in Rio, I look back at my scrapbook and can only think two things: it was truly meant to be, and #ThatsGold!