POSTED: Thursday March 3rd 2011
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MUNICH 2018 SHOWCASES 'HISTORIC' 80-YEAR OLYMPIC LEGACY

IOC Evaluation Commission visits Munich’s Olympic Park

The IOC Evaluation Commission stands alongside Munich 2018's bid leaders at the iconic Munich Olympic Stadium.
The IOC Evaluation Commission stands alongside Munich 2018's bid leaders at the iconic Munich Olympic Stadium.

Chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission, Gunilla Lindberg, talks with Germany's FIFA World Cup winner and President of FC Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeneß, at Munich's Olympic Stadium
Chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission, Gunilla Lindberg, talks with Germany's FIFA World Cup winner and President of FC Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeneß, at Munich's Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Pool at Munich's Olympic Park is transformed into its proposed 2018 status as the curling venue.
The Olympic Pool at Munich's Olympic Park is transformed into its proposed 2018 status as the curling venue.

Munich, 3 March 2011: The IOC Evaluation Commission today visited the Munich Olympic Park where, for the first time in Olympic history, venues from an Olympic Games [Munich 1972] would be transformed to become venues for an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games [the Munich 2018 Ice Park].

Led by Chair, Gunilla Lindberg, the IOC Evaluation Commission visited several venues including the iconic 1972 Olympic Stadium which would be refurbished to host the opening and closing ceremonies for both the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in front of 70,000 passionate winter sports fans.

However, the highlight of today’s visit came at the Olympic Swimming Pool which was transformed into its proposed 2018 status as the curling venue. As Commission members looked on, a giant plastic curling rink was slowly unfolded along the complete length of a lane in the pool.

Chair of Munich 2018, Katarina Witt, said:

“The visit to our proposed compact 2018 Ice Park sent a very strong message to the IOC Evaluation Commission. The Members could see for themselves the enduring 40-year sustainable legacy of the Munich Olympic Park. They also saw how the Park will be transformed to leave another 40-year legacy after 2018. This will provide an unprecedented 80-year sustainable legacy showcase for the Olympic Movement.

Other 1972 venues for use in 2018 include the Olympic Hall (for short track and figure skating) and the Event Arena (for ice hockey).

Earlier in the day, Honorary President of FC Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness, welcomed the IOC Evaluation Commission to the Olympic Park. He said:

‘As an active football player and as manager of FC Bayern Munich, I was able to celebrate some of my greatest successes and most emotional moments in this stadium: Olympic Games in 1972, the final of the 1974 World Cup against Holland and many legendary football games with FC Bayern.

‘Together with millions of German sports fans, I have wonderful memories of our Olympic Stadium. The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 will add a new chapter in its sensational history and will continue the Olympic tradition of Munich for many decades to come.

Honorary Member of the IOC and the Olympic Village Mayor in Munich 1972, Walter Troeger, commented on the proposed plans for the 2018 Olympic Village:

'The Olympic and Paralympic Games is about creating conditions that will allow each athlete to feel comfortable and get the best out of themselves. Munich 2018 is an incredibly compact concept in the beautiful surroundings of the Olympic Park; it is quite an ingenious plan.

‘If athletes are within walking distance, they have more time to prepare for their competition and to relax. This is also how it was in 1972.’

The 14 Evaluation Commission members heard presentations on the themes of finance, marketing, technology and media operations on the third day of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit. This week (1-4 March), the Commission will review Munich’s bid through a series of themed presentations detailing key topics, as well as a number of site visits to proposed and existing venues for the Festival of Friendship at the Winter Games in Munich in 2018.


Background
Munich, in collaboration with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The application will be put together and managed by Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH, with Karatina Witt as Chair, Bernhard Schwank as CEO and Jürgen Bühl as Managing Director. Shareholders in the application organisation are the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with 51 per cent, the City of Munich (30 per cent), the Free State of Bavaria (nine per cent), the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (eight per cent) and the district of Berchtesgadener Land (two per cent). The bid is being supported by national sponsors Adidas, Allianz, the BMW Group, BayWa, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post, Flughafen München GmbH, Lotto Bayern, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, METRO GROUP, and the Sparkasse Finance Group, along with national suppliers ARGE (Albert Speer & Partner and PROPROJEKT), Deloitte, Getty Images, GfK Verein, IMMO 2018, Messe München GmbH, Norton Rose LLP, Munich Olympic Park, pilot sport and Stadtwerke München GmbH. More information about the concept, the progress of the application and many other aspects can be found at http://www.muenchen2018.org.

Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH
Munich 2018 Bid Committee
Olympiapark München
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
80809 München

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