POSTED: October 5th 2011

Figure skater Yu-Na Kim is new Youth Olympic Games Ambassador for Innsbruck 2012

Yuna joins Yoggl for some games on the ice / IOC / Craig Cameron Olsen
Yuna joins Yoggl for some games on the ice / IOC / Craig Cameron Olsen

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that gold medal figure skater Yu-Na Kim has signed on as Winter Youth Olympic Games Ambassador.

The South Korean skater is also a strong advocate for the PyeongChang 2018 Games, the 2013 PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

Kim said: “I am delighted and honoured to be a Winter Youth Olympic Games Ambassador. The Youth Olympic Games are an exceptional event and I am excited to be part of the first ever winter edition.

“Having competed as an athlete since a very young age, I can relate to the participants of Innsbruck 2012 and I hope I can share my knowledge, passion and experience to motivate them to reach their potential.”

IOC chief, Dr. Jacques Rogge, said, “To have such a dedicated, gifted and internationally renowned athlete to mentor the athletes going to Innsbruck 2012 is fantastic news.

“Yuna is an outstanding Olympic champion, setting a new world record in winning her gold medal in Vancouver last year. She was excellent in her role as PyeongChang 2018 Athlete Ambassador, and I am sure that as a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador she will inspire young people to compete in winter sports.”

Youth ambassadors work to inspire and mentor athletes to compete and support the Games.  

Innsbruck 2012 has launched a line of merchandise featuring the mascot Yoggl to promote the YOG on the hundred days out anniversary.

The YOG will take place 13 to 22 January 2012 and will have 1,000 athletes between the ages of 15-18 years of age from 65 countries competing in the seven sports that are on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Program. Some new additions to the competitions will be ski halfpipe, snowboard slopestyle and women’s ski jumping.  

There will also be National Olympic Committee (NOC) events and Culture and Education Programme (CEP) so the participants can learn about the Olympic values, the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, and the prevention of sports injuries, among other topics.

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