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OLYMPIC REVIEW59 OLYMPIC CONGRESS What sports do you enjoy playing and/ or watching? I love skiing in all its forms and I enjoy outdoor sports such as mountain biking, water skiing, sailing, diving and horse back riding, I also like playing tennis. I like watching most sports but the big track and field meetings, acrobatic sports and extreme sports are among my favourites. What role do you think the Olympic Movement plays in society? I really do think the Olympic Movement brings the world closer together by giving us common references and memories. It also helps mutual respect because no matter what the background, you have to respect the effort that the athletes and the people around them have put into getting there. As someone who is still very involved in sports, I also have to say that it means a lot to the specific sport to be part of the Olympic Family. It helps keep the diversity in the sports world so that not only the big professional sports get attention. Finally, it is a great dream provider and story teller. If you had one proposal or suggestion for the Olympic Movement, what would it be? Communicate " green" thinking and encourage it among organisers even more. We need sustainable solutions to enjoy sports in nature. What is your favourite Olympic memory? My own favourite Olympic memory was in Nagano in 1998 coming down the moguls run in the qualification and hearing thousands of Japanese people yelling my name and cheering for me. This was very special because never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that one day I would be hearing my name called out like that - and especially not on the opposite side of the globe! Who is your Olympic hero/ heroine? Jean- Luc Brassard from Canada in moguls skiing. He skied the closest to a perfect run in Lillehammer 1994: I wanted to learn how to ski like that. ANJA BOLBJERG COPENHAGEN, DANISH OLYMPIC PARTICIPANT, NAGANO 98, SALT LAKE CITY 02, MOGULS What sports do you enjoy playing and/ or watching? Football and whitewater rafting. What role do you think the Olympic Movement plays in society? A lot, it's a great brand for cities and has great symbolic value. If you had one proposal or suggestion for the Olympic Movement, what would it be? Put whitewater rafting on the Games programme. What is your favourite Olympic memory? Henry From, the Danish goalkeeper who saved a penalty after putting his chewing gum onto one of the goalposts. JESPER TRISTAN PEDERSEN COPENHAGEN, ANTHROPOLOGIC CONSULTANT What sports do you enjoy playing and/ or watching? Rowing, athletics, handball and swimming. What role do you think the Olympic Movement plays in society? It's a way to create friendship and positive stories between people, disregarding race, religious belief, gender and nationality. If you had one proposal or suggestion for the Olympic Movement, what would it be? Take care of the Olympic " image" and promote Olympic values to the public through NOC's and in schools, high schools and universities. What is your favourite Olympic memory? As a competitor it would be the opening ceremony at the Sydney Games in 2000. As a spectator, the Danish women handball team winning gold in Atlanta 1996. Who is your Olympic hero/ heroine? Marnie McBean, Canadian rower, has medals in four different boat classes at the Olympic Games. That is proof of real talent and determination. SARAH HAUBRO LAURITZEN COPENHAGEN, DANISH OLYMPIC PARTICIPANT, ATLANTA 96, SYDNEY 00, ATHENS 04. ROWING W4X Below and far leftThe Danish capital, Copenhagen, will be the scene of the Olympic Congress in the first week of October

60OLYMPIC REVIEW OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY ONTHE RIGHT TRACK CONTINUING OUR SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH ATHLETES WHO ARE BENEFITTING FROM AN OLYMPIC SOLIDARITY SCHOLARSHIP IN THE RUN- UP TO THE VANCOUVER GAMES, OLYMPIC REVIEW HEADS TO IRELAND TO MEET BOBSLEIGH DRIVER AOIFE HOEY