Olympic Museum in Turin: a real treasure hunt
Last month, for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, a delegation from the Olympic Museum moved to Piedmont. As is customary for each edition, it endeavours to enrich Olympic patrimony by collecting original items, some belonging to medallists, some evoking a story, and some quite simply representing the moments full of emotion, sadness or joy experienced by those who thrilled the whole world during the 16 days of competition.
Already a large haul
The Olympic Museum is soon going to present its recent acquisitions from champions and other individuals involved in these 2006 Winter Games. A big thank you to all these kind donors, whom the Olympic Museum looks forward to welcoming when they visit Lausanne, Olympic Capital.
Helmets, clothing and even a Ferrari nose!
Among the items already collected are the skeleton helmet worn by Gibson Duff (Canada), gold medallist; the all-in-one outfit and gloves of short-track speed skater Mathieu Turcotte (Canada), silver medallist; the team coat belonging to the skier Shailaja Narinder Kumar (India), who competed in the Calgary Games in 1988; the banner of the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley offered by the Association of Olympians who took part in these Games; or even more unusual, the “nose” of the Ferrari from the Opening Ceremony of the Turin Games offered by FIAT to the IOC.
…And much more
Even once the Games have ended, the collection continues in the form of reminders to the athletes who have made a promise to donate or who offered to come to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to bring their equipment after the competitions in which they are still to take part. The season is often far from over for some!
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