A new collection of the Leave Your Mark initiative has been created for Beijing 2022, inviting Olympians from all over the world to add their autographs to an online collection thanking all those involved in making the Games a success. The initiative was originally launched at the first-ever online OLY House during Tokyo 2020 and proved hugely popular, with thousands of Olympians from every continent taking part in the initiative.
Since its launch only a few days ago, 356 Olympians have already added their marks to the Beijing 2022 collection map. In return for adding their autograph over the coming weeks, Olympians will receive an exclusive souvenir poster as a permanent memory of their contribution. The posters are part of an ongoing series, and the design for Beijing 2022 will be revealed after the Games.
In addition to Leave your Mark, the WOA is hosting a series of online activities and events as part of OLY House Beijing 2022, including:
- “What we love about the Games” – To mark the Beijing 2022 Opening Ceremony, Olympians talked about their favourite Olympic Winter Games moments, highlighting the opportunities available to connect through the OLY House Beijing 2022.
- Olympians for Life – On 11 February, five Winter Olympians who are helping to make the world a better place will be honoured.
- Be OLY – Encouraging new Olympians competing at Beijing 2022, along with any Olympian of any age, to join the unique OLY initiative and receive their post-nominal letters with a certificate of recognition
- Games-time Olympian Reunions – National Olympians Association-led celebrations to reunite Olympians, during and in the weeks after the Games
- Athlete365 – The IOC’s exclusive platform for competing Olympians, with offers from Worldwide Olympic Partners Airbnb, Samsung, Intel, Visa, P&G and more
- IOC Fan Zone – Testing fans’ knowledge of the Olympic Movement with fun and interactive games.
“OLY House offers the opportunity for Olympians from all across the globe and from different walks of life to join together during these Winter Games,” said WOA President Joël Bouzou OLY. “Their shared passion and love for the Olympic Movement provides them with a natural bond for life.
“For the second consecutive Games, we have taken the OLY House online, following the success of its launch for Tokyo 2020 and the impact of the worldwide pandemic. We have provided a space like no other for Olympians to celebrate and reunite with one another.”
Find out more about the OLY House Beijing 2022.
About the World Olympians Association
The WOA is an IOC-recognised organisation supporting the 100,000 Olympians worldwide. Its remit is to work for the benefit of all Olympians at all stages of their lives, empowering them to serve society and help make the world a better place through sport. With member National Olympians Associations spread across all five continents, WOA provides support to Olympian-run events and projects based on the Olympic ideals laid down by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin.
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