Champions at the Olympic Museum
Four athletes who will be competing at the “Athletissima” athletics meeting in Lausanne this evening were at the Olympic Museum on Sunday for an autograph-signing session. The four in question were two Ethiopians, Weberelziabher Gebremariam and Markos Geneti, respectively world 3000m champion in Paris in 2003 and third-place winner at the 2004 World Championships in Budapest; Sweden’s Stefan Holm, Olympic high jump champion in Athens last year; and Feng Yun, the Chinese 100m hurdles specialist with three wins at the Asian Games and five national championship titles. They were welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd, which included many children.
Race start in front of the Museum
The afternoon began with a simulated race start in front of the Museum entrance to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lausanne athletics meeting. Weberelziabher Gebremariam played along, much to the delight of the children watching!
Finding the Roots of Sport
The athletes then had the opportunity to visit the Museum and its temporary exhibition Finding the Roots of Sport. The autograph session attracted a large number of people, and the four athletes spent more than half-an-hour signing cards, magazines, T-shirts and other items of clothing.
“Athletissima” in great shape
The afternoon concluded with a preview of the exhibition 30 Years of Athletissima for the Friends of the Museum. This was a chance to recall the name that “Athletissima” has made for itself over the last three decades.
|ATHLETISSIMA TURNS 30 |
23 June 2005 - 11 September 2005