When the Canadian Olympic Committee inaugurates Canadian Olympic House, the movement’s headquarters in the city, the multi-coloured rings will be raised to the roof of the building at 500 René-Lévesque Blvd. W.

It will be the only building outside Athens allowed to permanently display the rings, two-time Canadian Olympian Nathalie Lambert said on Friday as the COC kicked off festivities surrounding International Olympic Day on June 23.

“It will be really cool for athletes who will travel … and will return to Montreal and will see the rings lit up at night (to use) as a source of motivation,” she said, noting IOC president Thomas Bach — who won gold in fencing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal — will be present to mark the occasion.

As Canada’s first Olympic city, it is fitting that Montreal will be home to a major office of the COC, Lambert said as she announced plans for the July 9 inauguration that includes family events, sports demonstrations and the opportunity to meet former and future Olympians.

More than 150 athletes will be on hand, including Lambert’s childhood idol and a star from the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Nadia Comaneci of Romania.

Other athletes include Jean-Luc Brassard and Alexandre Bilodeau, Katarina Witt, Elizabeth Manley, as well as Justine, Chloé and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe.

But the focus Friday was on International Olympic Day and the Pan Am Games in Toronto, which kick off July 10.

 

 

 

 

* Source : http://montrealgazette.com/sports/olympic-rings-returning-to-montreal