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15 Aug 2003
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Olympic Museum: two-millionth visitor in sight!

Next Thursday 21, or Friday 22 August, the lucky two-millionth visitor should come through the doors of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The lucky visitor will receive two plane tickets for Athens and two tickets for the closing ceremony of the Games, which will take place in August 2004.

Inaugurated on 23 June 1993, the Olympic Museum, showcase of the Olympic Movement, celebrated its tenth anniversary last June. Barely two months later, it will be welcoming its two-millionth visitor!

Visitors from throughout the world
In one decade, this represents an average of 200,000 visitors per year, from throughout the world. Although a majority of visitors in 2002 came from Europe (81.9%, of which two-thirds were from Switzerland), there were still a “good” 5.5% from Asia and 5.3% from the United States.

Record in 2001
For no apparent reason, if not perhaps the effect of the unforgettable Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, or the end of the "Museum 2000" renovation works, 2001 was the year in which the Olympic Museum beat all records, with 211,260 visitors.

For key visitor figures visit the Olympic Museum Website.

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