POSTED: May 16th 2011
Witt insists Munich has best venues and atmosphere for 2018 Winter Games
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA/LAUSANNE, May 16: Two-time Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt is in the Olympic city this week to promote the Munich 2018 bid to the IOC members and made a special visit to the Olympic Museum to sign the Golden Book.
The Golden Book is an exclusive list of Olympic Champions and the skater even had the chance to see her red dress that she wore in Sarajevo in ’88 when she won her second gold medal.
Witt is chair of the 2018 bid to host the winter Games in the Bavarian city and speaking today to press in the Olympic city she promises “best arenas, the best conditions and an electrifying atmosphere” for the Munich Games should they win the vote.
Katarina Witt said, “As a former athlete it is fantastic to be here in Lausanne - the birthplace of the modern Olympic Movement. Signing the legendary Golden Book is a real honour for me, but even more important is the chance we have here to make a real impact on the IOC members just as we enter the final stages of our candidature.
“After our excellent feedback from the IOC Evaluation Commission last week, we are looking forward to sharing our Festival of Friendship concept.”
Witt is joined by Thomas Bach, President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and Olympic champion; Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior; Christian Ude, Lord Mayor of Munich; Claudia Bokel, IOC member and Olympian; Magdalena Neuner, double Olympic champion in biathlon; Ian Robertson, BMW Group’s Head of Sales and Marketing; and Bernhard Schwank, CEO of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee.
This week on Wednesday the three bid cities will be making presentations to the IOC members and this technical briefing is the last big opportunity they have to get their messages across before the vote in Durban July 6th at the IOC session.
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