President of IOC visits INS Quebec

The trip of the President of the International Olympic Committee , Thomas Bach , to Montreal would not have been complete without a visit to the Olympic Park . The day after the festivities that marked the opening of the Canadian Olympic House in Montreal, the IOC President, who won a gold medal in fencing during the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, took a trip down memory lane by visiting the Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium.

Accompanied by the queen of the Montreal Games, Nadia Comăneci, and Olympic Park President, Michel Labrecque, Mr. Bach used the occasion to stop by the Complex of the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS). He was met by Tom Quinn and Alain Côté, President and Vice-President respectively of INS Quebec’s Board of Directors. It is worth noting that Mr. Côté took part in the fencing at three Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992).

It was without great surprise that the visitors were directed toward the fencing hall where Mr. Bach could see the state-of-the-art facilities at INS Quebec. He was given a tour by Dominique Teisseire, Technical Director of the Quebec Fencing Federation. Representing the next generation of athletes, young sportsperson Ariane Léonard was able to talk ‘fencer to fencer’ with the IOC’s President.

Keen to learn more about fencing, Nadia Comăneci received a few tips from the 1976 gold medallist, as seen in this video


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President to President… Thomas Bach speaking with Tom Quinn during the visit.



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Fencer to fencer… A discussion with an Olympic gold medallist (1976) certainly won’t hurt for a young athlete like Ariane Léonard.



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Once a fencer, always a fencer… The President of the IOC paid close attention to the tour provided by Dominique Teisseire, from the Quebec Fencing Federation, who showed him the different features and innovative attributes of INS Quebec’s fencing hall.



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After the fencing bout, Nadia Comăneci challenged Mr. Bach to another contest, this time on a trampoline… but there was not enough time at INS Quebec, much to the fencer’s relief.







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