LILLEHAMMER , June 17, 2010 – President of the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, Tove Paule has officially opened a new section of Norway’s Olympic museum containing the two gold medals of cross country skier Petter Northug and the gold of female biathlon winner Tora Berger.
The Vancouver Olympic medals highlighted the most valuable part of the new exciting additions to the museum containing Norwegian Olympic history from 1900, among them 49 gold medals.
“This museum tells everything about the history of sports in our country and I am proud to see new trophies and Olympic equipment under our roof,” Paule said.
The museum was first opened in November 1997 and has been patronized by 310,000 visitors from more than 70 nations. Every Olympic Summer and Winter Games are exhibited, including some of the top competitors’ own equipment.
“We are proud to collect even more historic items for our museum, but it is the interest of everything which can be connected to Olympic competitions and their history which tells what sports mean to the Norwegian population. That is to the benefit of us and to the benefit of all people who love sport and especially to all who practice sports themselves and improve the total health condition of the nation,” director of the Olympic museum Aage Dalby tells.
“ 2.1 million of Norway’s five million inhabitants are members of the sports confederation, a participation much higher than in any other country in the World”.
Among the guests at the opening was Anthony Bijkerk of the Netherlands, who is general secretary of the International Society of Olympic Historians. He was most impressed with the fact that the museum had managed to extend and establish the new exhibition so soon after the last Olympic Games.
The Lord Mayor of Lillehammer, Synnøve Brenden said she was proud to host a national museum which is not only of interest to many people in a nation of sports lovers but to foreign visitors alike.