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From 8 October 2009 until 11 April 2010 Vancouver 2010 Sustainable Development and Living Traditions To celebrate the the XXIthOlympic Winter Games in Vancouver, The Olympic Museum goes Canadian in its three exhibition spaces. From 11 to 15 October 29th Olympic Week 26 October 2009 Agora Vancouver 2010 Sunday Concerts 4 October Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bizet & Saint- Saƫns 1 November Lehar, Brahms & Paganini 15 November Beethoven, Liszt & Chopin Recital 13 December Quatuor Modigliani The fourth Mini- Stars Relay took place in the Olympic Park in July, as part of Athletissima, Lausanne's flagship athletics meeting. In the race, budding athletes tackled a path leading from the quayside of Lake Geneva to the Museum entrance. Competitors raced in pairs - consisting of either boy and girl, parent and child, or, in the open category, two children under 15. A record number of more than 70 teams lined up for the event. According to one young sprinter: " It's a bit steep and quite tough, but that's OK." The teams were then entered in a draw to choose three who were invited to present a prize at one of the official ceremonies at Athletissima. In accordance with tradition, the race was followed by a friendly and good-humoured autograph session featuring two athletes: Asafa Powell, the Jamaican sprinter and member of the gold medal winning team in the 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2008 Beijing Games. Three days later he was to carry off the 100 metre title on Lausanne Olympic Stadium's track. He shared the signing session with the American hurdler Lori Jones. A BIT OF BACKGROUND. On 8 July 1977 an athletics meeting was held as part of the inauguration of the new track at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Lausanne. The events took place in driving rain. The athletes were so heartened by the enthusiasm of the spectators who, despite the atrocious weather, stayed there for the entire evening to cheer them on, that they promised to return to Lausanne for a second meeting before the end of the summer. This took place in August before an eager crowd of 10,000. The event in 1977 was the first of the series of athletics meetings in Lausanne, which came to be known as Athletissima. Above Taking the baton and setting off BelowAsafa Powell signs an autograph for a young fan, while Lori Jones is also the centre of attention Above IOC President Jacques Rogge and Wang Zunwu OLYMPIC DREAMS. The Olympic Museum hosted a Chinese delegation that came to present a giant painting by the artist Wang Zunwu, entitled Olympic Dreams. The painter and his wife were accompanied by Liu Mengjie and Qu Jiayi of the Bridge Art Centre in Beijing. On the 380cm x 270cm canvas, Jacques Rogge and Liu Qi, President of the Organising Committee for Beijing Games, are seen surrounded by Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, Yaping Deng, four times Olympic table tennis champion, and Liu Xiang, gold medallist in the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Athens Games. Wang is an artist born in 1941 in Shandong Province. After graduating from the Chong Zhen Academy of Arts in he became a professional painter in the 1960s. OLYMPIC FILM CONTEST The Olympic Museum staged the Olympic Short Film Contest over the summer, giving young film-makers the chance to use their preferred medium to present their take on the concept of Olympic ideals. The competition was in three parts. First came the pre- selection process for which 45 candi-dates were required to demonstrate their skill with the audiovisual medium and to submit a short five minute film. This was followed by the first round in which eight filmmakers competed. For the final four, internet users voted by logging on to the website www. olympicshortfilmcontest. com, where the award- winning films can now be seen. OLYMPIC REVIEW23 2009 CALENDAR 4THMINI- STARSRELAY INTHEOLYMPICPARK