Young Sports Commentators competition 2004
Enthusiasm makes a difference
Twenty-one year-old Bruno Curchod from Lausanne, a sports fan from his early youth, won the trophy in this traditional competition organised by the Olympic Museum in partnership with Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR) and French sports daily L'Équipe. He enthusiastically commentated the last five minutes of a 2004 European Championship football match between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
A handsome reward
Next year, this young man will be present in the TSR commentary box for a day of reporting at the French tennis open (Roland-Garros). The previous day, he will have visited the offices of L'Équipe in Issy-les-Moulineaux. In his gift pack, he also received an open visit to the TSR's sports department.
Switzerland and France represented
This year, for the first time, the competition was open to French people, and one-third of the candidates of the 19 selected came from France. The jury was chaired by Boris Acquadro, former head of the TSR sports department, and comprised three TSR journalists; two journalists from the written press, including Eric Lahmy from L'Équipe; and Jean-François Pahud, previous Curator of the Olympic Museum and former great sportsman.
The President congratulates the competitors
IOC President Jacques Rogge attended the award ceremony: a moment of emotion and pride for all these young people who were not expecting him to turn up. The President's simple and warm words about sport, the Games and sports journalism won them over!