This report describes my experiences as an observer at the 43rd International Mathematical Olympiad, accompanying the Dutch team leader. It gives a chronological overview of the IMO 2002 events, interspersed with personal musings. It is addressed at those interested in the IMO, but should also prove useful to members of other olympiad communities.
My main motivation for writing this report is that I have never encountered a publication that presents the many details that make up an IMO. There exist various published collections of IMO problems and solutions. But these do not explain how the problems are selected, how the work of the contestants is marked, and what else happens at an IMO. In this report, I have tried to capture the spirit of the IMO, especially as it is experienced from the point of view of a delegation leader.
The IMO 2002 problem set, selected solutions, some statistics, and a glossary of IMO terms are included at the end. The PDF version of this report contains hyperlinks, both internally and to the web.
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