The Olympic Week takes on the colours of Lausanne 2020
On Sunday 13 October, the Olympic Week will officially begin at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne by welcoming the Olympic Flame of Lausanne 2020. Virginie Faivre, President of the Organising Committee, will be present alongside ECAL students to inaugurate the exhibition dedicated to their projects for the cauldron, podium and medal tray.
This year, Olympic Week will take on the colours of Lausanne 2020. On Sunday, from 10am, the Olympic Week will be declared open in the presence of the Lausanne 2020 Flame. Accompanied by Olympians and representatives of Lausanne 2020 and Paris 2024 respectively, Virginie Faivre and Emmeline Ndongue, it will light the cauldron installed in front of the Olympic Museum at 4pm. For the 16th stopover of its journey, the Flame will visit the Museum during the entire Olympic Week, before continuing its journey throughout the 26 Swiss cantons.
The Olympic Week will mark the beginning of the exhibition dedicated to the projects of the students of the Bachelor of Industrial Design at ECAL/Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne, who have been working on the unique design of the Lausanne 2020 cauldron, podium and medal tray. The models of the podium as well as the medal tray will be on display at the Olympic Museum until March 2020, alongside the projects which were not selected by the jury of experts. The public will have to wait until the Opening Ceremony of the Games to discover the Lausanne 2020 cauldron in which the Olympic Flame will burn until the end of the Games.
This exhibition shows the desire to highlight the central contribution of young students to the Lausanne 2020 project. The creations and talents of ECAL students, but also of ERACOM students (pictograms, mascot and look of the Games), HEMU (official song), C-For and the Ecole de la Construction (construction of the cauldron and manufacture of the podiums) will be put forward.
Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of ECAL: "In addition to the opportunity to work for an event of such magnitude and to contribute to the influence of our beautiful region, this project has allowed our students to face the challenge of creating unusual objects, which they will rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to develop during their careers. In my opinion, the challenge has been taken up!"
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This free event organized by the Olympic Museum will offer, from 13 to 17 October, more than 30 sports initiations and educational workshops will be made available to thousands of young people aged 8 to 15 from Switzerland and abroad to celebrate the Olympic values. Winter sports such as Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Short Track, Ski Mountaineering, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling and Skiing will be represented, as well as many summer sports. Elite athletes will be present to lead these initiations. Every day, some will be available for meetings from 2pm to 3pm, and others will lend themselves to signing sessions from 3pm to the delight of young fans. The Olympic Week will be pleased to welcome Virginie Faivre (Freestyle Skiing) and Pamela Fischer (Synchronized Swimming) on October 13, Killian Peier (Ski Jumping) and Ellen Sprunger (Track and Field) on October 14, Cristobal Huet (Ice Hockey) and Jérémy Maillefer (Rowing) on October 15, Gaspard Colin (musician and composer of the official song of Lausanne 2020) and Tiffany Géroudet (Fencing) on October 16 and Stefanie Marty (Ice Hockey) on October 17. Emmeline Ndongue (Basketball) will also be attending to represent Paris 2024.
Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020: "We are very happy to be associated with the Olympic Museum and to see Lausanne 2020 as the theme of this year's Olympic Week. We want young people around the world to take ownership of these Games, and what better way to do that than to meet athletes and try their sports. We have even included Olympic Week in our Torch Tour program, so that everyone can experience the Youth Olympic Flame in person. We look forward to sharing the spirit of Lausanne 2020! »