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Date
09 Aug 2007
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IOC News , museum-news-articles

Record turn-out and start of the countdown at the Olympic Museum yesterday


The Chinese consider the number 8 to be lucky. And perhaps it’s true. Yesterday at the Olympic Museum, 1,249 visitors bought a ticket at the welcome desk. This is the third best score for 2007 and a very good figure in the Museum’s statistics since it opened in June 1993.
 
Ideal weather…
Yesterday, on 8 August, Beijing was celebrating “One Year to Go” before the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008. Was it this that attracted the crowds to the Olympic Museum? Or was it rather the poor weather and autumn temperatures which encouraged tourists to visit museums generally? Perhaps that is what they mean by lucky! What is more, the visitors showed a keen interest in the 110 little sculptures in the Landscape Sculptures’ Contest exhibition currently on show in the park and entrance hall, and on the Museum forecourt and terrace. They are examined closely, commented on and photographed, and everyone really seems to like them…
 
8/8/2008 at 8.08 and 8 seconds
Yesterday was also the start of the Omega countdown. Set up in the Museum entrance hall, the white and red structure with the Beijing logo created by the watchmaker began its countdown at 366 days (2008 being a leap year) + 20 hours (8 p.m.) + 8 minutes + 8 seconds, not forgetting the six hours’ time difference between Switzerland and China! A clever calculation worthy of the Swiss company, the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games!
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