POSTED: September 2nd 2008

Wiberg heads up Winter study

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: Pernilla Wiberg, one of Sweden's most outstanding alpine skiers, has been appointed by IOC president Jacques Rogge to head the evaluation commission for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The Games are scheduled for 2012 and the shortlisted candidate cities are Harbin (China), Innsbruck (Austria), Kuopio (Finland) and Lillehammer (Norway). They will feature around 1,000 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 competing in seven sports - skiing, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsled, curling, luge and figure skating.

Wiberg, 37 from Norrkoping, won giant slalom gold in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and combination gold in Lillehammer in 1994. She was elected on to the IOC in 2002 and is also a member of the Athletes' Commission.

The evaluation commission will also comprise Victor Khotochkin (NOC representative and vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee),  Fredi Schmid (AIOWF representative and director-general of the International Skating Union), Martin Rutishauser (secretary-general of the Swiss Olympic Association), Gilbert Felli (executive director of the Olympic Games), Christophe Dubi (IOC Sports Director) and Essar Gabriel (IOC head of the Youth Olympic Games).

Candidate cities can present their bids to the commission via video conference call in September. The hour-long calls will feature a verbal presentation of around 15-20 minutes followed by questions and answers.

The evaluation commission will then report back for the IOC executive board to decide which of the shortlisted bids should be submitted to a postal vote by all IOC members. The host city will be named in December.

Keywords · Pernilla Wiberg · Harbin · Innsbruck · Kuopio · Lillehammer · Winter Youth Olympic Games · Victor Khotochkin · Fredi Schmid · Martin Rutishauser · Gilbert Felli · Christophe Dubi · Essar Gabriel

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