A 29th Olympic Week with the emphasis on sustainable development
With the XXI Winter Games in Vancouver fast approaching, Olympic Week this year drew its inspiration from the two objectives of the Games Organising Committee (VANOC): green Games and involving the First Nations.
Five thousand participants: the ideal figure!
From Sunday 11 to Thursday 15 October, thousands of children crowded onto the Ouchy lakeside and into The Olympic Museum to try their hand at different sports (with ice hockey present for the first time) and cultural activities. Because of a north wind worthy of the Canadian arctic, the number of participants was slightly lower than last year. “That made Olympic Week more manageable”, observed Stéphane Meylan, who is in charge of the event. “Five thousand children is an ideal figure. Less queuing, less stress, fewer problems…and more sports to discover.”
Equipped with a map each, large numbers of children set off to discover the three exhibition areas devoted to the Games: Green Games, The Icons of the Games and Contemporary Art of the North-west United States Coast. To illustrate the third of these, for the four days of Olympic Week, the celebrated Haida artist Jim Hart, accompanied by his wife, two sons and two of his nephews, put the finishing touches to a 5m-tall totem pole symbolising the encounter between First Nations art and Olympism. The pole was erected on the paved area in front of the Museum at a traditional ceremony during the exhibition preview.
Maple syrup biscuits…
These were a hit among those making them and those eating them alike. The Canadian Cooking workshop was full on each of the four days. And under the watchful eye of Rodrigue Benoit, a Quebec chef and teacher at the Lausanne Hotel School, the budding cooks made their maple leaf-shaped biscuits.
Sport & Journalism Workshop
The Sport & Journalism workshop was a bigger success than ever this year. Supported by television journalist Odette Mudry and photographer Arnaud Meylan, the young reporters and photographers spent a day meeting those taking part in Olympic Week for conversations and interviews on all kinds of topics.