OMEGA and Lausanne 2020 begin the 2-year countdown
As the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games, OMEGA has today celebrated the 2-year countdown to the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, together with the event’s organising committee.
When the Opening Ceremony takes place on the 10th of January 2020, Lausanne 2020 will mark the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Around 1,880 young athletes from over 70 nations will compete in 81 events around the Swiss city of Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva, St. Moritz, and in the nearby Vaud Alps and French Jura mountains. Lausanne 2020 will be particularly notable for having the same number of male and female athletes competing, as well as being the first time that ski mountaineering appears on the Olympic Games programme.
To start the clock for the 2-year countdown, Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA, was joined by Danka Barteková, Chair of the Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020; Alain Zobrist, CEO of OMEGA Timing; Patrick Baumann, President of Lausanne 2020; and Ian Logan, CEO of Lausanne 2020.
During the official unveiling, Mr Aeschlimann said: “OMEGA is truly looking forward to Lausanne 2020. To be in this special location to serve the best young athletes in the world will be a great privilege. Of course, Switzerland is OMEGA’s home, so we’ll have an extra feeling of pride when we welcome the world here.”
Known as the “Olympic Capital”, Lausanne has been the home of the modern Olympic Movement for more than 100 years and houses both the IOC Headquarters and the Olympic Museum. Certainly, Lausanne 2020 will represent a truly memorable homecoming for the multi-sport event and will represent the first Olympic Games to be held in Switzerland since the Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz 1948 – an event that OMEGA also timed.
For OMEGA, the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 will be a “local” occasion too, as the brand’s own watchmaking headquarters in Bienne are situated just over 100km from the host city. The event will add even more experience to OMEGA’s already incredible legacy of Olympic Games timekeeping.