First woman to take the Olympic oath

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Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo (1956-01-26) by Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI)The Olympic Museum


While individuals may encounter difficulties in life simply because of their gender, skin colour, religion or country of origin, the Games, with the diversity of the athletes who take part, champion the right to be different.   Participating at the Games may not change the world, but it can certainly help make a difference.

Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo (1956-01-26) by IOCThe Olympic Museum

Pour la première fois, une voix de femme


A woman’s voice for the first time.

In 1956, at the Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Games, women made up only 17 per cent of the athletes. But that didn’t stop the Organising Committee from embracing modernity by deciding that it would be a woman who would take the Olympic oath.

A powerful symbol, and a moment seen by thousands watching at home on TV, with the Winter Games broadcast on Eurovision for the first time.

Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo: On behalf of all the participating athletes, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, IOC, 1956-01-26, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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