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Lillehammer Olympic Studies Centre has opened

From left: Jens Uwe Korten, Trine Løvold Syversen, Jostein Skurdal, Tom Tvedt og Espen Granberg Johnsen (photo: Håkon Boye Bergum/INN University)

From left: Jens Uwe Korten, Trine Løvold Syversen, Jostein Skurdal, Tom Tvedt og Espen Granberg Johnsen (photo: Håkon Boye Bergum/INN University)

Many esteemed guests attended the inauguration of the Lillehammer Olympic Studies Centre (LOSC) at Storhove on Wednesday, 25 April.

- We are an Olympic city. Sports and physical activity are the hallmarks of the region. This is also of great importance for INN University, says Rector Kathrine Skretting.

Centre for research and knowledge dissemination

LOSC is a collaboration between INN University and the Norwegian Olympic Museum. The Centre is a network centre for research and the dissemination of Olympic-related topics. The idea is that the centre will act as a research, dissemination, and competence centre for Olympic sports and the organization of sports and sporting events.

- Our ambition is that LOSC will be a well-functioning leg in the Olympic body, which will hopefully continue to grow taller, wider and stronger, says Skretting.

Better together

The Managing Director of the Norwegian Olympic Museum, Jostein Skurdal, believes both INN University and the Norwegian Olympic Museum benefit from the cooperation.

- We have many reasons for being grateful to the Olympics. This is a very important day for us, and we appreciate the opportunity to launch this cooperation. Since the memorandum of understanding was signed two years ago, there has been a lot of work behind the scenes, and together we are becoming better, says Skurdal.

No coincidence that the centre is in Lillehammer

During the inauguration, more attention was paid to the future plans of the Centre and to relevant Olympic research at INN University. The aim of the centre is to connect and develop a network of researchers with a common interest in developing knowledge about Olympic sports, as well as national and international events. At the same time, the centre will be a resource for professionals and students, and promote knowledge about the subject.

President of the Norwegian Confederation of Sports, Tom Tvedt, was also present and praised the initiative.

- We are very excited about this. It is about raising awareness, and it is not accidental that the centre finds its home in Lillehammer and in the Inland region. INN University forges ahead, and I am convinced that you will succeed with this. Most importantly, young people will gain knowledge and expand their horizons. Norwegian sports are all about the enjoyment of sports by everyone, and we need knowledge about what sports contribute beyond mere results.

- A perfect match to the city’s profile

The mayor of Lillehammer, Espen Granberg Johnsen, believes the centre fits perfectly into the city.

- There are many great and important stories about the 1994 Olympics and the Youth Olympics in 2016, and the importance of the Olympic Games for Lillehammer. The important thing in this regard is that we are getting a new environment that will tell more about this and make us wiser. As a city and region, LOSC could not better fit our profile and what we wish to stand for, as a sports and Olympic city.

The inauguration took place in advance of the conference "High Performance Sport and Education", which is the result of a collaboration between INN University and Olympiatoppen.