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19 February 2010

OMEGA and astronaut Buzz Aldrin Honour Didier Défago

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Didier Défago became Switzerland’s newest Swiss sports hero when he won the gold medal in the men’s downhill event at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Official Olympic Timekeeper OMEGA celebrated Défago’s dramatic victory with a very special watch presentation ceremony. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon (and whose OMEGA Speedmaster Professional was the first watch to be worn on lunar soil), gave the champion a Seamaster Planet Ocean at an event in Whistler, the city where Défago won his competition.

Défago commented, "This is a particularly special moment for me. It means so much to receive this OMEGA wristwatch from Buzz Aldrin, a man who has truly made his mark on history."

Dr. Aldrin, who is a brand ambassador for OMEGA, said, "I’m thrilled to be able to present this OMEGA to Didier. Forty years ago, we won our race to Moon; this week, Didier won his race down the hill. I’m happy that this Swiss watch is going back to Switzerland with a true champion and a great competitor."

Défago’s Olympic gold medal was the crowning achievement in a long and successful career highlighted by a number of World Cup victories including back-to-back downhill classics in Wengen and Kitzbühel in 2009.

OMEGA, the Biel-based watchmaker, is serving as Official Timekeeper at an Olympic Games for the 24th time since 1932. The brand recently announced that it had extended its relationship with the International Olympic Committee through 2020.

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