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26OLYMPIC REVIEW Heroesis the title of the new temporary exhibition at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Presented in a strip cartoon format, this colourful and original exhibition offers a fresh and energetic look at a subject as fascinating as it is topical. The sporting hero occupies an important place among the celebrities we adulate. But have the characteristic ingredients that make up this kind of heroism changed over the years? What is a hero? What virtues does he or she embody? And why do some athletes transcend their sporting prowess to become political symbols, brilliant inventors, peace icons, or even tragic figures? Nicknames such as the " Czech Locomotive" ( athlete Emil Zatopek), the " Moroccan Bomber" ( boxer Marcel Cerdan), the " Flying Finn" ( Paavo Nurmi), the " Divine" ( French tennis champion Suzanne Lenglen), " Golden Kid" ( Diego Maradona) and " His Airness" ( basketball star Michael Jordan) could belong to cartoon characters with superhuman powers. However these are real men and women whose talent for sport turned them into gods, myths, legends or stars. But like mythological and fictitious heroes, it is also their humanity, their weaknesses and the tragedies, trials and tribulations that make them even more real to us. For example, Dorando Pietri collapsing just before the finishing line in the Marathon, Abebe Bikila winning his race barefoot or Emil Zatopek training in heavy boots in the snow so as to feel lighter on the track. The exhibition focuses on the fate of these sporting heroes during four periods of history – Antiquity, the start of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, the era following World War I and the contemporary world. By raising the question of what makes a sporting hero, the organisers are also highlighting the story of values, ideals and utopian visions over the course of history. Two " Agoras" conferences at the Olympic Museum, a teaching pack, " visit and workshop" or " visit and games" packages, as well as an educational and cultural programme have also been launched to tie in with this exhibition. The exhibition runs until 13 September 2009 at The Olympic Museum. Above Tennis champion Roger Federer Right The legendary Muhammed Ali HEROES EXHIBITION

Until 10 May Luc Chessex, Photographer A selection of photos from his book Avis aux amateurs! Les sports populaires à Lausanne [ Enthusiasts! Popular sports in Lausanne] 26 March – 13 September Heroes 20 May – 2 August Jean- Blaise Évéquoz Restaurant Gallery Photos from Heroes exhibition Sunday Concerts 22 March Fauré, Caplet, Ravel & Roussel 3 May Chopin Recital 14 June Quatuor Aulos 9 June Sport & Young People Freelance photographer Luc Chessex lived in Latin America for many years where he was a roving reporter for the Prensa Latina news agency. He has also covered numerous stories in Switzerland and abroad, including several in Africa for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Today, his photographic activities cover a very broad spectrum and his many books and exhibitions have earned a wide audience for his critical take on contemporary reality. When writing about his book Avis aux amateurs! Les sports populaires à Lausanne [ Enthusiasts! Popular Sports in Lausanne] and the exhibition devoted to it, the Lausanne- born photographer says: " As home to the International Olympic Committee, numerous sports federations, and to The Olympic Museum, the city of Lausanne needs to reflect on the relationship it wishes to have with sport. It is pointless dreaming of one day hosting the Games in this city. I believe that the idea of developing amateur sport and street games responds much better to the desires of the local people and the opportunities available to them. " With this in mind, I wanted to photograph Lausanne's amateur sports scene. For a whole year I explored different sporting disciplines played in both purpose- built venues and in the street. I observed the social and recreational activities that enabled these amateurs – literally, people who love – of different generations, genders and nationalities to mingle. The exhibition continues until 10 May 2009. Above and belowImages from Luc Chessex's collection of amateur sports LUCCHESSEX, PHOTOGRAPHER EYOF TORCH LIT FROM THE MUSEUM CAULDRON The torch for the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival ( EYOF), held in mid- February at Slask Beskidy ( Poland), was lit from the cauldron at the Olympic Museum. The flame was handed over by Alexander Kozlovsky, Vice- President of the European Olympic Committees ( EOC) to Piotr Nurowski, President of the Polish Olympic Committee at a ceremony attended by IOC President, Jacques Rogge. PRESENTATION OF AN " ANTI- DOPING SCROLL" A large Chinese delegation attended the presentation of an " anti- doping scroll", symbolising China's zero tolerance to the use of drugs in sport. The document was handed over in Beijing last August at an exhibition on the subject. It bears a number of signatures including that of Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China. DONATION BY MARCEL FISCHER Hero of the 2004 Athens Games where he became individual épée champion, Swiss fencer Marcel Fischer has kindly donated the complete kit – suit, mask, glove, épée and shoes – he wore in the hard- won contest for the gold medal. " I am proud that my equipment should take its place in the Olympic Museum," he said. OLYMPIC REVIEW27 2009 CALENDAR