POSTED: January 13th 2011

Innsbruck celebrates one year countdown to the first Winter Youth Games

Happy outlook: Innsbruck 2012 ceo Peter Bayer in Singapore / SPH-SYOGOC/DOMINIC WONG
Happy outlook: Innsbruck 2012 ceo Peter Bayer in Singapore / SPH-SYOGOC/DOMINIC WONG

KEIR RADNEDGE in Lausanne / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE, Jan 13: Exactly one more year and Jacques Rogge's determination to reignite the spark of youth and the Olympics will take another step with the opening of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Innsbruck, one of the most loyal winter sports venues for the Olympic movement, will host competition from January 13-22, 2011, between around 1,000 competitors aged between 15 and 18. The ambitious, integrated 'culture and education' programme will focus on themes ranging from Olympic values to skills development.

IOC president Rogge said: "Just five months ago we witnessed the birth of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Innsbruck 2012 will continue this momentum over 10 action-packed days.

"These Games, in addition to making their mark on Olympic history, will be a memorable and inspirational event for all the athletes and countless numbers of young people around the world."

Competition will include the seven sports on the 2014 Winter Games programme (biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing) plus a number of new events (biathlon mixed relay, luge team relay, ski halfpipe, snowboard slopestyle, figure skating team event, ice hockey skills challenge and women's ski jumping).

In addition to mixed gender events the WYOG will also see mixed National Olympic Committee competitions. 

Keywords · Winter Youth Olympic Games · Innsbruck 2012 · Rogge

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