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Slovenian Olympic Education Centre
In April 2016 the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations opened the Slovenian Olympic Education Centre. This serves to present Slovenian sports people, the history of Olympianism and the Olympic Games through photographs, video content and exhibits.
One special feature is the wall of famous athletes –all the Slovenians who have won an Olympic medal from 1912 to 2016. Copies of the medals won are also on display.
The presentation at the Centre begins with the ancient Olympic Games, then continues with the founding of the International Olympic Committee on 23 June 1894 in Paris. Visitors can view the Olympic symbols, the Olympic Torch and flag, and can learn about the details of the Olympic ceremonies. The large wall at the centre shows the entire timeline of the Olympic Games, from 1896 to 2016. There is also a presentation showcasing the engineer Stanko Bloudek, who to date is the only Slovenian to have been a member of the International Olympic Committee. Stanko Bloudek is an exceptionally important sports personality, and was active as a sports person, coach, sports worker and construction engineer. The highest national awards for sports in Slovenia are even named after Bloudek.
The Olympic Education Centre also offers virtual sports, an animation of ski jumping, downhill skiing and highlights from competitions at the Rio Olympics, provided through the latest technology from Samsung. The tour can then continue along the Olympic interpretive trail.
At the Centre, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia carries out various programmes and activities. It organises Olympic Lessons with top Slovenian athletes for children and youths. For young sports people it provides educational and informative workshops, and also organises events for various target groups, thereby ensuring the promotion of sports and the Olympic tradition.
There is a particularly interesting programme we have called Olympic Lessons. These offer visitors and participants a presentation of the Olympic tradition, Olympic history and symbols, and the achievements of Slovenian Olympians. We offer participants lectures, film presentations, presentations of the originals of various Olympic symbols, we carry out the protocol for the Olympic Games opening ceremony and then in a relaxed atmosphere we compete in various sports challenges. The main thing here is taking part, for we can be stronger as a team, and in this way we pursue the Olympic values of excellence, resilience, friendship and fair play, and through sports we try to implement this in everyday life. In the Olympic Lessons, everyone who tries their hardest is a winner.
The Slovenian Olympic Education Centre is also open for groups, individuals, tourists and anyone else interested in the Olympic tradition and sports, or perhaps in buying some items from the new range of official Olympic gear produced for this year’s Games.
Text by Alja Pahor