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Surfer Sofia Mulanovich is among Olympic Museum's 'Heroes'

March 26, 2009 |  4:18 pm

SofiaSurfing is not an Olympic sport, but the Olympic Museum in Laussane, Switzerland, has included Sofia Mulanovich, a former world surfing champion and a superstar in her homeland of Peru, in its "Heroes" exhibition, which opened today and will run through the summer.

The exhibit recognizes athletes from different eras, and Mulanovich earned a spot alongside such luminaries as Roger Federer, Tony Hawk, Michael Jordan, Duke Kahanamoku, Carl Lewis, Diego Maradona, Michael Phelps, Shaun White and Tiger Woods. 

Mulanovich is the only contemporary surfer in the exhibit.

"Even though surfing isn’t in the Olympics yet, it is a true global sport and connects people worldwide," says Mulanovich, 25, who's in Australia awaiting the start of the Rip Curl Women's Pro, an ASP Women's World Tour contest.
"It is a huge, but humbling honor to represent surfing on this global stage alongside the best athletes of all time."

Among the items being shown for Sofia are a customized Channel Islands surfboard, designed by a young fan in Peru during Red Bull's "Pimp My Board with Sofia" design competition.

Also on display is an award-winning documentary titled "Sofia," profiling the surfer and her influence on surfing in Latin America.

Outposts would like to congratulate all athletes on the "Heroes" list.

—Pete Thomas

Photo: Sofia Mulanovich

Credit: Red Bull