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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