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13 Feb 2006
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A party at the Museum

For the evening of the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, the Olympic Museum had no reason to envy the Piedmont capital. Activities, a wonderful programme of films on the Olympic Winter Games before the Opening Ceremony (which was shown live on a giant screen), and an Italian menu at the restaurant enchanted the many people present in a festive, warm and friendly atmosphere.
Open Day
A unique, unusual sight – from 2 p.m., all the barriers of the exhibition zones were wide open and, from then onwards, the Museum did not empty. School groups, families, young people, and older people passed through constantly. The Museum was even visited by athletes, such as Robert Alt, Olympic four-man bob champion in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956, almost exactly 50 years ago; Lise-Marie Morerod, an important figure in Swiss Alpine skiing; and Corinne Mottu and Jean-Romain Delaloye, two young talented athletes, one snowboarder and one diver, just going to prove that water and snow can go very well together!
Ski jumping, curling and minestrone…
At the end of the afternoon, those brave enough to try it had a go at ski jumping, under the watchful eye of professionals, while those who were more cautious tested their skills and perspicacity playing curling. Finally, at the beginning of the evening, numerous staff members from Vidy and Ouchy came to try the Italian menu on offer at the restaurant, and watch the live broadcast of the wonderful Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games on the auditorium’s giant screen. Passion may live in Turin, but it also resides in the Olympic Museum!

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