POSTED: May 18th 2011

Jean-Claude Killy: Annecy 2018 promises new vision for the 2018 Games

Charles Beigbeder meets the press just after the IOC briefing to fill them in on Annecy's session / lake images
Charles Beigbeder meets the press just after the IOC briefing to fill them in on Annecy's session / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE, May 18: IOC member and world reknown skier Jean-Claude Killy was front and center to support the French bid during the bid briefings going on in Lausanne today.

The triple Olympic Champion, Killy promised the IOC a “new vision” for the Winter Games “combining passion and tradition for Winter Sports with savoir-faire” to “benefit us all”.

Charles Beigbeder, president of the bid said, “We had a good meeting, it is a pleasure to meet and serve the IOC to explain our vision and to take their questions.”

“There were some questions on the Olympic Villages and how we can offer perfect controls for the athletes and the transportation times. We also confirmed that the athletes in the Alpine village will have beds in the main Olympic Village too.”

The Annecy team was very supportive of the IOC briefing meeting and Olympic slalom specialist and athlete ambassador, Perrine Pelen said, “I think this has been a wonderful opportunity for us to present the Annecy plan to the members and for them to ask any questions. This is the first time that it is being held for the winter cities and it is a great initiative on behalf of the IOC.”  

Biegbeder and Killy were joined by Guy Drut, Olympic Champion and IOC Member; Pernilla Wiberg and Jean-Pierre Vidal, Olympic Gold Medalists and Vice-Presidents of Annecy 2018; Jean-Luc Rigaut, Mayor of Annecy; and Denis Masseglia, President of the French National Olympic Committee.

Beigbeder concluded his speech to the IOC emphasizing, “We are enormously grateful to the IOC for giving us this opportunity to share our vision of Games that would benefit Winter Sports worldwide.

“In this final phase of the campaign it is vital we continue to meet with people from the Olympic Family, listen to their feedback, and learn from their experiences.

“With just under 50 days to go our team will be doing everything they can to convince the IOC that Annecy 2018 is the best bid for the entire Olympic Movement.”

Keywords · Annecy 2018 · Jean-Claude Killy · Charles Beigbeder · IOC

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