Dr. Liston Bochette III (left), a secretary general of the World Olympians Association and the United States Sports Academy’s 1996 Sport Artist of the Year, and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (right) toured the institution’s American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) on Saturday, Feb. 23.
They are posed next to the bronze torsos of “Mars and Venus” done by Sergey Eylanbekov, the Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year. The sculptures were dedicated in November 2011 in honor of two Olympians in recognition of their marriage—Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of the Principality of Monaco. Albert, the ruler of Monaco since 2005, competed in the bobsled in five Winter Olympics between Calgary in 1988 and Salt Lake City in 2002. His wife, Charlene Wittstock, is a former South African Olympic swimmer who competed in the 2000 Sydney Games.
Bochette, who also competed in the Olympics for Puerto Rico, visited the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus during a conference in the area for about 100 leaders in sports medicine and science, who also toured the Academy’s sport art museum. The museum, with about 1,700 pieces, arguably holds the largest collection of sport art in the world. It is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.