Return To Barcelona: Air Jordan 7 Olympics

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Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to BarcelonaWhile I have enjoyed my time in Barcelona at Bread and Butter and at the grand opening of the new Opium store, there was one primary reason for my travels – to visit the arena that Michael Jordan and the Dream Team played in. Not only was it in my vision to make the trek to this place where the greatest basketball team of all time played, but to wear the Olympic Air Jordan 7 and bring the shoe back to the space where it achieved its significance to me.

The place where the US dominated the world, Pavell?? Ol??mpic de Badalona (now known as the Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona), is quite tattered from first glance. While driving by one my see the graffiti covering its exterior, hear the sirens of passing Pol??cia, or smell the urine that soaks the pillars of the structure, but what gives this place (or disgrace) its importance and its significance is what took place here sixteen years ago.

I nearly circled the entire structure when I happened upon an open door thanks to preparations for an upcoming concert. I found my way through the halls of the building to the floor of the arena. Words cannot describe looking up to the rafters picturing what it looked like to see the Stars and Stripes hanging from above. I was able to take just enough photos of my Olympic and Mir?? Jordan 7s on the scorers desk where once sat dozens of reports broadcasting the Dream Teams epic road to Gold in several dozen languages. The party ended when the head nods and “holas” were no longer enough and I was ordered to leave.

On the dirty steps of the arena I took more shots of the shoes just before I left. No way could I stop photographing – even after being asked to “vamos” by the police. Nothing gets in the way of me and a good sneaker story…

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Olympic on scorer’s desk in Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Mir?? on scorer’s desk in Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Mir?? and Air Jordan 7 Olympic on scorer’s desk in Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Rafters of the Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
“Se??or, honestly, foto de zapatos!”

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Front entry to Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Mir?? and Air Jordan 7 Olympic on steps of Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Mir?? and Air Jordan 7 Olympic on steps of Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Olympic on steps of Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Mir?? on steps of Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Olympic on steps of Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Air Jordan 7 Olympics return to Barcelona
Air Jordan 7 Mir?? on steps of Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona

Hey whats up ppl

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  1. WHAT?!

    The law was after you for taking photos outside the arena?!

    Great write up though Matt. This truly goes down in the history of the craziest things ppl will do just for the love of shoes.

  2. haha,

    welllllll, I actually got in ish while I was in the arena. We live in a day and age where someone going around a large strucutre taking photos makes ppl think something worse than a kid trying to relive something that he saw on a 22″ TV 16 years ago.

    The door that i went in through wasn’t exactly wide open. The stadium has at least 40 doors on its bottom floor and I went from door to door looking for one that was left unlocked. But in the end, all worth it :-)

  3. LoL….NICE! I KNEW WHEN I READ YOU FOUND AN “OPENED DOOR” THERE WAS MORE TO IT!! I IMAGINED A CROW BAR, OR MAYBE SOME JAMES BOND TYPE BREAKING AN ENTERING! THE OUTSIDE LOOKS DEPRESSING TO SAY THE LEAST TO IMAGINE ALL THE HISTORY THAT ONCE HAPPENED BACK in 92!! BUT NICE STORY!!

  4. the REAL olypic 7s is waaaay better i wouldnt mind getting the new one but i dont want my first pair of 7s to be that thing

  5. yeah i love the stories. but the new olym. sevens are pretty bad t ome. i am thinking about getting the black,red, and yellow aj7s for school and maybe some ajf12[playoffs]. who knows i cant stick to any shoe plans lol. but i like the older olympic 7s. the new ones might be a great colloctors item, scratch it, will be. just demoralizing to wear l0l.

  6. Such a touching story Matt. I wish I could watch it all over again with the same feeling. Those shoes are a part of history but I’m not in love with those new VIIs

  7. i actually saw the dream team play in person when i was still living in portland back in the day at the memorial coliseum, it was the qualifying “tournament of the americas.” what a great team that was! clyde, mj, magic, bird, etc. = awesome.

  8. Dudes need to really quit hatein on these if anything least jordan brand comin with new things to the retros because if they was comin out with all the orginal colors all the some knowin yall dudes yall would be complaining come out with new designings

  9. Thank you everyone for the comments. Getting into that place and walking the same floor that the team did and sitting near the benches was such an unbelievable rush.

    I recognize many of you aren’t “sold” on the Mir?? and I can understand that. In no way am I trying to compare them to the Olympics, but they were in my backpack and came along for the journey because of what the shoes represent.

    Something that hasn’t been shown on the web yet is the sole of the graffics. On one shoe it lists the scores of each game and the other shoe lists Jordan’s Olympic accomplishments. While the shoe will probably never win me over as the nicest looking Jordan shoe, or even something I would want to wear, the shoes have incredible meaning what they represent and how they also pay homage to one of Barcelona’s greatest artists.

    Something of irony, when I was looking on the map to find the arena, there is a little pavilion immediately next to the place named after Joan Mir??.

    Thanks everyone for the comments – I got a ton of email requests for the Jordan 7 Olympics on the steps of the Palau Municipal d???Esports de Badalona to be made into a wallpaper. I will post this in about 22 hours once I arrive home to Texas ( long day of travelling :-/ )

  10. Dope post Matt. You’re an assignment journalist at heart bro. LOL!

    But seriously though. I re-lived those moments looking at this post so thanks bro.

  11. they would have been better off releasing the first olympic 7 again. i’m sure all of us would appreciate it more then this

  12. The story was a great read. One that many sites lack. It must’ve been amazing to be in Barcelona (itself), let alone the same arena the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA thrashed the opposing countries in.

    Nothing will EVER compare to the ’92/’04 Olympic VII’s, that’s a given (wish people will realize that), but for what it’s worth, no matter how much people HATE the fact that these shoes exist, they need to also APPRECIATE the meaning behind them and the fact that there IS “meaning” (in two ways) with this shoe.

    Love, love, LOVE the idea of these shoes.

  13. I DONT CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY IM GETTING THEM BECAUSE I LOVE THA 7′S THESE WOULD LOOK PERFET IN MY COLLECTION.

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  14. Matt,
    It sucks that the losers on this site do not get the point you are making by this post. I was in Barcelona for the ’92 Olympics, no I did not see the Dream Team play. I did wear my Champion MJ Olympic jersey everyday, can’t remember if I had the Olympic VII’s yet. I did get to see a couple of other Olympic games. It is amazing what hip-hop has done to Barcelona, as I remember, sneaker stores and graffiti did not exist there in ’92. You just accomplished something that none of these haters will never do and that is leave the country or even their own city. Great sorry man, I had goose bumps looking at these pics. F’ing amazing. The sneaker comparison is a classic picture showing how generations change. Past to present. Greatest post I ever seen on this site. The hater comments are just sad. Respect the game, before you hate on a shoe or JB.

    10 Kicks don’t make you a collector, Get into the 100′s and than HATE…

  15. HEY MATT SORRY TO BE CHANGING SUBJECTS BUT THERE IS A NEW PIC OF THE AIR YEEZY IN A NEW COLOR WAY, ITS BROWN, AND IN MY OPINION IT LOOKS ILL, ITS ON THE THE K. WEST FACEBOOK FANSITE, CHECK IT OUT

  16. Well keep it a buck i actually grew to love the new 7 Miro’s
    The OJ Olympics are fire but the Miro 7′s look unique and those are already collectibles. I’d be willing to drop a pretty penny for them brand new box and everything.
    Cant believe yu broke into the stadium at fisrt I thought they just let you in then as i went on i was like no way.
    Keep both those kicks in mint condition. If i would’ve been you i would’ve gotten 2 pairs of the miro’s one for collectibles and another pair to sell when a couple of years pass.

  17. heheheh i’m from barcelona! im proud 4 this Air Jordan Barcelona ’92 edition! the best olympic games, and the best Dream Team…
    air jordan Mir?? stetic art i like it!

    saludos desde Barcelona! ciao!

  18. I like tho original olympic 7s better
    the new ones are gaaaaayyy
    same applies to the olympic 6s
    original is better than the new colorway

  19. YOU ARE CRAZY FOR THIS!!!!

    The imagination and shear ballz of you doing this makes me think that this is one of the best posts on Nicekicks this year. Its a blast from the post with a look to the future at the same time.

    I like the idea of the Milo Art Air Jordans…. but the execution is driving me insane (more so than I am). It could have been done better me thinks.

    If you are a collector and you are truly into getting anything exclusive or special, then you would get this dispite its looks. Remember, people didn’t hate o the Carmines when they first came out, but they were not buying them in droves like the other AJ6′s (I got them on sale, took them back to the store (wish i didn’t though because I liked them) and went back to the store a week or so later just to see them one last time – lol – and they were still there) but a month ago everybody wanted it AND IS ALMOST NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. So if you are a big collector and want a full collection, you are getting this sneaker.

    BTW
    Hey, did anybody notice that the 9 in the back of the Barcelona AJ7′s are facing the opposite direction as the original AJ7 OLYMPICS?

  20. @PhilWil: All retro 7′s have the number on the back facing inwards. The 9 on the back of the OG Olympic 7 faces outwards. The Miro 7′s resemble the OG Olympic 7′s, once again making this shoe even more important in the game…

  21. Dont really care what anyone says because as a collector of OVER 100 pairs of jordans, I know whats hot and these Miro’s are hot. At first I didnt like the laces but I would even keep the laces in the shoes just because of the significance of the shoe. Show respect and pay hommage to a great legacy of jordans. You are probably some of the same clowns that say you didnt like the Jordan II Doernbechers. I want these little young cats to stop acting like they are jordan heads and makin ignorant comments about shoes when they dont know their left foot from their right. Jordans have been around since before you were born so stay in your place and keep buyin your dunks and leave the jordan comments to people who were born before 85′

  22. THEY LOOK LIKE THE BOOTLEGS DA AFRICANS BEEN SELLING SINCE THEY STARTED MAKIN BOOTLEGS SO DATS MEANS DEM PAIRS R LIKE 10 YEARS OLD

  23. damn da 7′s are mad NICE. da AJ7′s are one of da best og Jordans dat eva came out. i wanna see da Air Jordan 7 Miros in da US!! i wanna get em soo bad!

  24. Just to say that I live just 500 meters from the Ol??mpic and I’ve been in 92 at the Spain-USA game. The Palau is the home for the Club Joventut Badalona and a good place for concerts, but there’s also an office of the city council, so that the police cars.

  25. MIKe your killling me with these ugly azz kicks.you wanted to represent the olympics I can respect that. BUT WHY DIDN`T YOU JUST BRING BACK THE ORINGINAL OLYMPIC 7`S.THEY SYMBOLIZE MORE TO YOU THAN THOSE PAINT FACTORY ACCIDENTS

  26. man oh man…the one caption to your photo-”senor, honestly, fotos de zapatos?”.
    i had to laugh out loud at that..
    this is a great post and a great story, much respect to you matt for being so assertive as to find that door. Your the man, keep up the good work.
    and about the miro’s..
    i feel if they didn’t have the black mid, the wouldnt look as faux-jordan
    oh well..i still may try to get my hands on a pair..well see

  27. Does anyone know where exactly the opium store in Barcelona is at? I’m going there in a couple of days and I wanna check this store out. Thanks.

  28. hey I sent an e mail but I havent gotten one back. what is the address to this store? I can’t find it on google.

  29. dem fack asssssss hail and ugly would neva get dem is my life was counted on it dem from the flea market lil weezy best rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *****************************************.????????????????????????

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