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18 Sep 2015
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Swiss superstar Dario Cologna makes donation to The Olympic Museum – receives IOC President’s Trophy for sportsmanship

Swiss cross-country skier and three-time Olympic champion Dario Cologna today donated the ski suit he wore at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne during a ceremony attended by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.

Cologna made the headlines in Sochi not only because of his two gold medals in the 15km classical race and the skiathlon but also because of his genuine act of fair play. He was the first to cross the finish line in the 15km event, yet he waited 28 minutes to shake hands with the skier who came in last, Roberto Carcelen of Peru. Carcelen, Peru's first Winter Olympian, was competing with broken ribs as the result of a training accident just two weeks before the Olympic Games. That day in Sochi, Cologna paid him a well-deserved tribute.

In recognition of this exceptional gesture, President Bach awarded Dario Cologna with the IOC President’s Trophy for sportsmanship.

President Bach praised Cologna for his incredible career, which in addition to his three Olympic golds includes three World Cup crystal globes and a World Championship title in skiathlon. His 31 podium finishes and 11 individual victories, and his exceptional personality and humanity, have made Cologna a household name in Switzerland, as well as Swiss Person of the Year in 2012 and Swiss Athlete of the Year in 2013.

The suit Cologna donated today was the one he wore in Sochi, where he bounced back from injury to win two gold medals, adding to the one he won in 2010 in Vancouver in the 15km freestyle event.

President Bach congratulated the athlete for embracing the Olympic spirit of fair play and thanked him for sharing a piece of Olympic history with the public.

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