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Feb 2, 2016

Forging The Olympics’ oldest sound

Forging The Olympics’ oldest sound

It is one of the most famous sounds in the world, heard by millions, but hardly anyone knows where it comes from.
The Olympic sound used for the final lap or final round comes from bells made in the Swiss Jura mountains and they are still handcrafted.

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry takes the newly melted bell out of the mould in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry pours the metal into the mould during the preparation of the Rio 2016 bronze bells in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Newly melted bronze bells rest in the workshop of the Blondeau foundry in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry prepares a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry uses a lettering tool in a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry removes the cover of the oven during the preparation of the bronze bells in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry takes a lettering tool during the preparation of a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry fills a mould with sand for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry drills a hole in a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry takes the newly melted bell out of the mould in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry prepares a bronze bell in La Chaux-de-Fond DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry pours the metal into the mould during the preparation of the Rio 2016 bronze bells in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry blows lycopodium out of a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Rio 2016 and Omega logos are pictured in the Blondeau foundry as Serge Huguenin prepares a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Some of the tools used by Huguenin of the Blondeau are pictured during preparation of a mould for a bell in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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The mixture of copper and tin is melting in the Blondeau foundry during the preparation of the Rio 2016 bronze bells in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Serge Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry prepares a bronze bell in La Chaux-de-Fond DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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A finished bell is pictured in the Blondeau foundry during the preparation of the Rio 2016 bronze bells in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Tools with coats of arms of Swiss cities are pictured in the workshop of the Blondeau foundry druing the preparation of bells for Rio 2016 in La Chaux-de-Fonds DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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Huguenin of the Blondeau foundry prepares a bronze bell in La Chaux-de-Fond DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

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