The Lausanne Municipal Government, Vaud, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee and Omega jointly held the unveiling of the ‘Countdown Clock’ at the Place de la Navigation in Lausanne. This countdown clock not only highlights Lausanne’s status as the ‘Olympic Capital’, but also pays tribute to Jacques Roger, the IOC chairman who will step down in September.
The countdown clock is composed of several limestones from the Jurassic Mountain. It was proposed and designed by the city of Lausanne. Seven pictographs are engraved on one side of the countdown clock, representing the seven events at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: biathlon, snowmobile, curling, ice hockey, sleigh, ice skating and skiing; 28 on the other Pictograms representing a comprehensive sport at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. All pictographic patterns are carved by traditional techniques. The logo on the countdown clock can be modified as needed to make it suitable for future summer and winter Olympics. This Omega countdown clock located in the ‘Olympic Capital’ is unique. It is 4 meters high and weighs 20 tons. It is designed and manufactured by local craftsmen. Before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, this countdown clock will count down in days, hours, minutes, and seconds. The countdown has now started. This countdown clock body is covered by a huge ‘gift box’ made up of thousands of balloons, as a tribute to IOC President Jacques Rogge. As the balloon lifted, a countdown clock appeared in front of the world.
This countdown clock is designed to showcase the Olympic spirit of Vaud and its capital, Lausanne, Switzerland. Lausanne has been the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee since 1915; Lausanne has been officially known as the ‘Olympic Capital’ since 1994. At the same time, Lausanne is home to more than 50 international sports associations and organizations. The Swiss cantons of Vaud and Lausanne perfectly embody the universal values of the Olympic movement. Taking this countdown, the municipalities of Vaud and Lausanne pay tribute to Mr. Rogge and his contribution to spreading the values of the Olympic Movement. This large-scale, countdown clock made of limestone is owned by the Lausanne City Government, showing the deep historical origins of Lausanne and the Olympic Movement, and also highlighting Lausanne’s status as the ‘Olympic Capital’.
The countdown clock was officially unveiled on Monday, June 24, 2013. State Assemblyman Philippe Leuba, Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz, Omega President Okewa and International Olympic Committee Chairman Jacques Roger attended the unveiling ceremony. .