In conjunction with the 2002 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Salt Lake City, Brigham Young University will host an Olympic-themed exhibit.
"BYU and the Olympic Games: An International Collection" will be displayed in the Harold B. Lee Library starting Oct. 24. Located in the first floor atrium, the exhibit will highlight individuals who have been affiliated with both BYU and the Olympics.
The free exhibit will be available during the library's regular operating hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, excluding holidays.
Approximately 80 individuals from more than 20 countries have been identified. The exhibit will document their Olympic experiences. Flags, artifacts, jerseys, Olympic jackets and blazers will be included in the display.
Some of the pieces to be featured in the exhibit include medals owned by high-jump specialist Alma Richards well as the jersey he wore in the 1912 Olympics, speed-skater and current BYU faculty member Barbara Lockhart's Olympic skates and a 40-year-old pair of in-line skates a Russian ice skater gave to Lockhart.
An accompanying lecture series is also being planned. One of the lectures will discuss the contributions of Leona Holbrook, former chair of women's physical education who was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the first woman to be appointed to the USOC Executive Board.
"She brought the U.S. National Academy of the Olympics to the BYU campus in the late 1970s," said reference librarian Connie Lamb.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Harold B. Lee Library and the College of Health and Human Performance. For more information regarding the exhibit, contact Lamb at (801) 422-6196.