On the first day of the Olympics, the Belgian Olympic Committee visited a number of Belgian maternities to congratulate parents with their newborn babies. Former Olympic champions gave all parents a symbolical 88 flowers. Attached was a greeting card with the message: "DEAR PARENTS, THANK YOU FOR GIVING US AN EXTRA SUPPORTER." This action was part of multimedia campaign with the campaignline: "1.3 billion chinese, 10 million belgians, we are going to need all our supporters. "
The unexpected visit of Ulla Werbrouck (gold in Atlanta), Gella Vandecaveye (silver in Atlanta), Ingrid Lempereur (bronze Los Angeles) and Dominique Monami (bronze in Sydney) got a lot of media exposure, even making the frontpage of Belgiums biggest newspaper.