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ISHOF Takes Swimming History Exhibit
To Shanghai China


Fort Lauderdale (June 6) -  When the XIVth FINA World Aquatic Championships opens at the new Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China on July 15th, fans of swimming will be treated to the most extensive traveling exhibition of aquatic memorabilia ever displayed outside of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Among the more than 100 items that will on display are over two dozen Olympic medals, over 30 historic swimsuits, dating from the nineteenth century and including suits worn by recent Olympic champions in the four disciplines of aquatics, swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized and open water swimming, as well as aquatic sculptures, trophies, training and timing equipment. 

“From reproductions of statues ancient Greek divers and the hand paddle invented by Benjamin Franklin to original medals won by swimmers who participated in the inaugural Olympic Games of 1896 up to Aaron Peirsol’s 2008 Olympic Gold medal, this exhibit tells the history of the aquatic sports through some of the memorabilia owned by many of the greatest aquatic athletes of the modern Olympic era,” said Bruce Wigo, President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Shanghai Sports Museum, the World Championship Organizing Committee and FINA to showcase the rich history of Aquatics to a truly international audience who have not had the opportunity to visit Fort Lauderdale.”

The exhibit opens in Shanghai on July 15th. For more information, call 954-462-6536, or visit www.ishof.org

About the International Swimming Hall of Fame.      The International Swimming Hall of Fame, recognized by FINA (the Olympic governing body for the aquatic sports) in 1968.  Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the ISHOF museum houses the world’s largest collection of aquatic related memorabilia.  The International Swimming Hall of Fame is open 9 – 5 on weekdays and 9 – 2 on weekends.

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