Lausanne, 25 June 2001 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held its traditional Olympic Day celebration on 23 June, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
This symbolic day was marked by the IOC President’s awarding of the Olympic Order to nine top athletes representing the five continents: Myriam Bédard (biathlon - Canada), David Douillet (judo - France), Krisztina Egerszegi (swimming - Hungary), Cathy Freeman (athletics – Australia), Kazuyoshi Funaki (ski jumping – Japan), Haile Gebre Selassie (athletics – Ethiopia), Alexandre Karelin (wrestling – Russia), Naim Suleymanoglu (weightlifting – Turkey) and Pirmin Zurbriggen (alpine skiing – Switzerland). Marco Marin (fencing – Italy), who was also due to receive the Olympic Order, was unable to be there.
The Olympic Order presentation ceremony, attended by several IOC members including First Vice-President Ms Anita DeFrantz, and Messrs Marc Hodler, Richard W. Pound, Pál Schmitt, Denis Oswald, Jean-Claude Killy, Gian-Franco Kasper and Henri Serandour, was followed by a tour of the recently renovated Olympic Museum.
Renovation work, which began last summer, has resulted among other things in two permanent exhibitions whose design and interactive component are a veritable invitation to explore the history of the Games and the Olympic Movement.
The visit ended with a screening of the commemorative film by Bud Greenspan of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney.
The previous evening, the IOC President had awarded the IOC and Museum staff the President’s Cup to thank them for the work and devotion of the staff throughout the 21 years of his presidency.