As the fervor of the forthcoming Paris 2024 Olympics begins to grip the globe, renowned Swiss timepiece manufacturer, OMEGA, has rung in the one-year countdown.
Positioned majestically at Port de la Bourdonnais, against the iconic backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, the OMEGA countdown clock has begun its unyielding vigil. It will meticulously tick away the hours, minutes, and seconds, mirroring the palpable anticipation and excitement that will crescendo until the opening ceremony on July 26, 2024.
OMEGA CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann, exuding an air of barely contained enthusiasm, played host to two distinguished guests at the inauguration – Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, and Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024. Together, they breathed life into the countdown clock, signaling the initiation of the much-anticipated event.
Echoing the sentiments of the countless athletes who will be converging on Paris in a year, Aeschlimann said, “With the Olympic Games just a year away, there’s always a lot of energy and excitement. The athletes are starting to dream and, of course, our timekeepers are finalizing their preparations. I’m certain that Paris 2024 will be an unforgettable event.”
Bach reciprocated his excitement, stating, “Accurate and reliable timekeeping is essential for the Olympic Games. For more than 90 years, OMEGA has ensured that athletes’ results are accurately recorded so that they can go down in Olympic history. We are delighted to reveal the one-year countdown to Paris 2024 with our valued Worldwide Olympic Partner, OMEGA.“
Tony Estanguet, an Olympic athlete himself, underlined the significance of the year leading to the Games, stating, “As an athlete, the last year before the Games is crucial to your preparation – I remember it like it was yesterday. Whether you’re an athlete or a sports enthusiast, with a year to go before the event, emotions start to rise and all you can think about is the Games. In the heart of the City of Light, the Paris 2024 Games will be spectacular, iconic and memorable, and they’ll be wide open. It’s great to have a partner like OMEGA and to be part of this countdown event. Together, our dreams will become bigger!“
The countdown clock, clearly visible in daylight and brilliantly illuminated at night, is a living embodiment of the Paris 2024 emblem. The central flame encircled by a golden ring, specially crafted for this event, promises to infuse the city with an irresistible buzz.
Paris 2024 will be a testament to OMEGA’s 31-year commitment to accuracy and precision as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, a journey that started in 1932. Over this period, OMEGA has continually broken barriers by introducing game-changing timing technologies in sports, while also chronically the dreams and victories of the world’s finest athletes. And as the clock ticks down to Paris 2024, it’s certain that OMEGA will continue to raise the bar in their timeless pursuit of precision and excellence.
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