The Queen opened the Norwegian Olympic Museum

Queen Sonja with Crown Princess Mette MaritLillehammer 20160211. New Norwegian Olympic Museum at Maihaugen in Lillehammer was opened by Queen Sonja with Crown Princess Mette Marit among the guests. Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

Queen Sonja opened  the new Norwegian Olympic Museum at Maihaugen in Lillehammer on Thursday evening. The Crown Princess Mette-Marit was also in attendance.The museum is about the two Winter Olympics hosted by Norway and it allows the visitors to relive the folk festival and memorable moments from the Games in 1952 and 1994.Central to the exhibition is a model of Lysgårdsbakkene where Princess Ingrid Alexandra will ignite the fire when Youth Olympics opens Friday. On the same day the museum also will be opened to the public.In her opening speech the queen shared some of her own Olympic memories. One of those memories was the time when she saw Stein Eriksen win his Olympic gold in giant slalom at Norefjell in 1952. She described it as a great experience for a then 14 year old girl.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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