- 12 Aug 2003
- IOC News
The Olympic Museum has a new Director
The Olympic Museum Lausanne has found a new Director in Francis Gabet, who will, on 1 October 2003, take up the position held until now by Françoise Zweifel.
A French national, Francis Gabet, will join the Olympic Museum from L'Équipe, the top French sports daily, where he held the post of Marketing Director. His knowledge and practical experience in the field of marketing is certain to be an asset for the international influence of the Olympic Museum Lausanne.
Two million visitors in 10 years
A showcase for the Olympic Movement, the Museum has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The second most-visited museum in Switzerland, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne will welcome its two-millionth visitor in August.
A symbol of the union of sport, art and culture, the Museum is a real goldmine for lovers of sport and Olympism: almost 20,000 books, 250,000 photographic documents, more than 10,000 hours of film footage and 50,000 items and souvenirs of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Studies Centre, located inside the Museum, aims to preserve the memory of the Olympic Movement in a place where the Games never end.
Tribute to Françoise Zweifel
The President of the Olympic Museum Foundation, also the IOC Honorary President for Life, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, expressed their gratitude to Françoise Zweifel for her absolute commitment during more than 20 years of service to the Olympic Movement.
Her professionalism and boundless enthusiasm, shared by all her team, are the reasons for the current success of the Museum, which each year welcomes almost 200,000 visitors.
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