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U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum installs entryway sculpture

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 21:44:36-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs reached another milestone Wednesday.

"Olympus Within," a larger than life bronze sculpture was installed in the entryway of the new museum.

Sculptor Peter Schifrin was on hand to guide the installation after he created the artwork at his studio in California.

Schifrin chose Al Oerter, four-time gold medalist in discus, as his inspiration for the statue. He said the statue represents "human energy contained" in the movements of a discus thrower.

"I'm hoping that it will inspire visitors to look for that person within, that endeavor, that dream that every Olympian has but I think that every human being has that similar dream to pursue excellence," Schifrin said.

The museum was originally scheduled to open in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the opening has been postponed to a later date.

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