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16 Jan 2006
IOC News , museum-news-articles

This week at the Olympic Museum… (16-22.01.06)

Finding the Roots of Sport. Origins - Rites - Identities exhibition
Sport is a witness to the practices of our ancestors. And today, the Olympic Games have become their universal language. With its new exhibition, the Olympic Museum seeks to find the roots of sport through the ages, and throughout the world. Upon request, young visitors (from 12 years old) can benefit from tours guided by the Museum’s coordinators, who will have undertaken a rigorous training programme with students from Neuchâtel, as part of an exchange: ethnology for some, and sporting values for others. This fusion gave birth to a unique tour programme, of which our young visitors will be the privileged beneficiaries. An educational kit developed in collaboration with the Education and Development Foundation will enable teachers to further explore the themes addressed in the exhibition and, especially, to work on traditional sporting values and compare them with Olympic sports.
Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and more exhibition
Until 26 March 2006
The exhibition awakes the spirit of the Games of Torino, across three thematic sections that illustrate the most curious and fascinating aspect. Red passion, yellow Piemonte and blue technology and environment. A good journey through the colours of Torino 2006.
The week’s events at the Olympic Museum
Tuesday 17 January: Agora (cycle of Museum conferences): Torino 2006. Hosted by Jean-Philippe Rapp and Philippe Ducarroz. Co-produced by the TSR. After 50 years, from Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 to Torino in 2006, the Olympic Winter Games are returning to Italy. In this time lapse, the Games have developed extraordinarily, going from four to seven sports, and from 820 athletes in 1956 to 2,500 in 2006. The Cortina Games were the first to be broadcast on television, and were the last to include outdoor figure skating competitions. What an evolution since then! The evolution has taken place in communications, transport, infrastructure and financing, as well as in sports equipment. As far as timing in concerned… there were no thousands or hundredths of a second at that time, Italy’s passion for sport is legendary, and it is with this theme that Torino is promising unique Games. The city is being transformed, swapping industry for culture. What legacy will these Games leave? In a few days, thousands of people will experience a real festival in Torino, while hundreds of millions of television viewers will feel the emotions through the small screen. For one evening at the Museum, let’s fast forward and talk about these Games already! With Gilbert
Sunday 22 January: Visit the exhibition Finding the Roots of Sport. Guided tour for adults run by students from the University of Neuchâtel Ethnological Institute. No doubt that they will be able to share their knowledge and encourage the meeting of sport and ethnology. At 11 a.m. in French. Meet in the entrance hall; admission: ticket price; duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Information on 021 621 65 11.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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