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11 Jan 2011

Fencer Sophie Lamon retires from competition sport and makes a donation to The Olympic Museum

On Friday 7 January, Switzerland’s fencing champion and Olympic medallist, Sophie Lamon, gave a press conference at The Olympic Museum to announce her retirement. After suffering repeated hip problems, this 26 year-old fencer will shortly be undergoing a delicate surgical operation, which will require a long rehabilitation period.

Taking advantage of her visit, the Museology Section asked her to make a donation; and this talented young fencer was happy to oblige by handing over her epée and the equipment she used at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000, where she won a team silver medal. The equipment consists of her jacket, trousers, mask, gloves, socks and shoes, which will become part of the Museum’s collections.

Sophie Lamon’s retirement marks the end of one of Switzerland’s greatest sporting stories. Born in Sion on 8 February 1985, she is the country’s youngest ever Olympic medallist (15 years old), and Swiss fencing is losing one of its greatest talents. She started fencing early, at the age of five. In 2000, she became world champion in the cadet category, then European team champion, after which she added a historic team silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney. But with her Business Management degree and a Master’s in Sport, Management & Business Strategies, it looks as if Sophie Lamon has everything she needs for a successful change of career…

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