The National Olympian Memorial represents the long-time efforts of the Slovak National Committee to establish a symbolic piety place where people could worship the remembrance of outstanding sportsmen – the Olympians. The Monument is devoted to all Olympians from Slovakia, but the signs bear the names of the deceased Olympic medallists. The cornerstone of the National Olympian Memorial at the National Cemetery in Martin was placed on 6 November 2013 and ceremonially revealed on 16 October 2014. The construction of the National Olympian Memorial took place upon the incentive of the Slovak Olympic Committee in cooperation with the city of Martin. The technical implementation of the design of architect Mojmír Vychodil, who won the SOC competition for memorial design, was provided by Kam-stav. Numerous legal persons as well as individuals contributed to the construction of the National Olympian Memorial in a public fund-raising campaign.
„This project is important for two reasons. Firstly, it is the acknowledgement to all Olympians for they made for Slovakia. And secondly, it is the inspiration for contemporary and future generations that a man should develop his/her talent and potential and try achieving maximum in sports or anything other. Since the society cannot develop without that.“
František Chmelár, President of the Slovak Olympic Committee
The Olympian Memorial Statute