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22 February 2010

OMEGA honours French Olympic Winter Games gold medallists


The French Olympic Winter Games team had two big reasons to celebrate on Valentine’s Day this year. On February 14th, biathlete Vincent Jay won a gold medal in the 10 km sprint and a few hours later, Nordic skier Jason Lamy-Chappuis claimed the Olympic gold in the 10km individual normal hill event. To honour their superb performances, OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Winter Games, presented Seamaster Planet Ocean watches to the champions at a special ceremony on February 23rd at the timekeeper’s bobsleigh in Whistler.

Raynald Aeschlimann, OMEGA’s Vice President and International Sales Director, gave the watches to Jay and Lamy-Chappuis saying, “Vincent and Jason are great winter Olympians and all of us at OMEGA are delighted to share this gift of time with them. Their performances were what the Olympic Games are all about – the result of incredibly hard work and determination.”

In addition to his gold medal in the 10 km sprint event, Vincent Jay won a bronze medal in the 12.5 km pursuit.

Jason Lamy-Chappuis entered the Games as the World Cup leader in Nordic combined. His winning margin of only four tenths of a second over American Johnny Spillane was the closest in Olympic Nordic combined history.

OMEGA is the Official Timekeeper of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and is serving in its timekeeping role for the 24th time since 1932. In 2009, the brand announced that it has extended its partnership with the International Olympic Committee through 2020.