In honour of Dame Flora Duffy’s participation in the Bermuda leg of the World Triathlon Championship Series, which took place November 5th-6th, the National Museum of Bermuda (NMB) is currently displaying Duffy’s 2020 Olympic race suit at Commissioner’s House.
Last year, Duffy generously donated her race suit to the Museum after winning Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medal with a dominant performance, finishing in one hour 55 minutes, 36 seconds. Forty-five years after Bermudian Clarence Hill’s historic bronze medal boxing performance, Duffy’s gold medal adds to Bermuda’s medal tally and makes the Island the smallest territory or nation to win an Olympic gold at a summer Olympics.
Duffy shared: “I’m humbled that the National Museum of Bermuda believes my Olympic race-suit belongs as a proud nugget of Bermuda history! May it serve as a bright and colourful reminder of our islands talent and will to succeed.”
Her historic race suit is now part of the Museum’s growing sports collection, which also includes the Finn dinghy used by the late Bermudian sailing legend Howard Lee in the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal. NMB Executive Director Elena Strong shared: “the Museum congratulates Flora on her accomplishment and continues to wish her all the best in her upcoming competitions!”
Duffy’s race suit will be up for viewing until the end of April 2023. The display was generously sponsored by Debbie and Jim Butterfield and by donors to the Museum’s annual fund, The Anchor Fund.
The National Museum of Bermuda is open every day, 9am – 5pm on weekdays and 9:30am – 5pm (last admission 4pm) on weekends and public holidays.