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23 Jan 2006
IOC News , museum-news-articles

Olympic Museum: agora on destination Turin

With less than a month until the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, the first Agora of the year at the Olympic Museum was devoted to these upcoming Games. On the stage were prestigious guests such as Valentino Castellani, the Organising Committee’s President, and Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director.
Turin: an unmissable challenge
The issues linked to organising the Games in the Piedmont capital were addressed: venues, transport, accommodation and security. As regards possible delays, the IOC President, who was present as guest of honour, said, “I trust the Turin Organising Committee, but I want to put positive pressure on them. The Games don’t begin in 24 days, but in two weeks, when the athletes begin to arrive at the Olympic Village …”
Swiss and Italian gold medallists
Completing the list of speakers were Switzerland’s Madeleine Berthod and Renée Colliard, Olympic champions in downhill and slalom respectively; Robert Alt, Olympic four-man bob champion at the Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 - exactly 50 years ago; Italy’s Piero Gros, gold medallist in the slalom at the Innsbruck Games in 1976; and young Swiss snowboarder Mellie Francon, who is waiting impatiently to be selected for Turin.
Being an Olympic champion, the dream of a lifetime…
When Mellie Francon declared that going to the Olympic Games was a dream of hers and that she would truly love to participate, Jacques Rogge added, “For me, the Games still represent the dream. In Turin, I will stay at the Olympic Village. I’ve even tested my mattress … and I also got stuck in a lift!” To this, Valentino Castellani immediately retorted that, since then, the lift had been repaired…
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