POSTED: November 2nd 2011

IOC: Kevin Rolland joins Yuna Kim to promote the Innsbruck 2012 YOG

Kevin, Yoggl the Innsbruck 2012 mascot and Yuna come out to meet photographers / SFC image
Kevin, Yoggl the Innsbruck 2012 mascot and Yuna come out to meet photographers / SFC image

Kevin Rolland joins Yuna Kim, Lindsey Vonn and Benjamin Raich to promote the YOG / IOC  Louis Garnier
Kevin Rolland joins Yuna Kim, Lindsey Vonn and Benjamin Raich to promote the YOG / IOC Louis Garnier

LAURA WALDEN in LAUSANNE / Sports Features Communications

LAUSANNE: The Olympic Museum was buzzing with activity as gold medal skater Yuna Kim was on hand with International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Dr. Jacques Rogge to welcome the latest member of the special Ambassadors for the first winter edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Kevin Rolland, a FIS Freestyle World Ski champion from France, joins the ranks of Kim and Alpine skiers Lindsey Vonn and Benjamin Raich to mentor young athletes for Innsbruck 2012 coming up January 13-22 of next year.

Rolland was thrilled at the opportunity, “It’s a great honour to be part of the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games and to share the responsibility of being an Ambassador with such a fantastic group of athletes.

“The values of the Olympic Games have always been important to me and with ski halfpipe now on the Olympic programme I can finally realise my dream of becoming an Olympian at Sochi 2014. I hope my story helps inspire the young athletes going to Innsbruck 2012 to reach for their dreams and to make the most of the unique opportunities the Youth Olympic Games have to offer.”

 IOC President Rogge launched the YOG back in 2007 and the first summer edition successfully took place last summer in Singapore.  

Rogge proclaimed, “Kevin is a gifted athlete who embodies the passion and energy of his sport and I am certain he will have a huge impact on the athletes he comes in contact with as Youth Olympic Games Ambassador. Kevin can surely lead by example as a young man of 22 who has already been at the pinnacle of freestyle skiing for a number of years.”

He is also excited about holding the YOG in Austria’s legendary sport city Innsbruck and said, “I am very optimistic of the staging in Innsbruck for many reasons. First of all because the Austrian people love their winter sports and they know everything about them. Innsbruck is a unique setting, a wonderful city full of history and culture and also with a unique concentration of sport venues. And also we can rely on their glory of organizing in a superb way the 1964 and 1976 winter Games.”

The YOG will gather 1,000 top athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 from 65 countries competing in seven sports just as the Olympic Winter Games program for Sochi 2014.  A total of 63 events will be up for medals in 15 disciplines. New events this time will be ski halfpipe, snowboard slopestyle and women’s ski jumping.  

Yuna Kim added, “I am so honored and pleased to have been appointed as Ambassador for the YOG. So far I have been working very hard to achieve my own Olympic Dreams. I think it is a great chance for me to help Olympic athletes to achieve their own Olympic Dreams.”

Yuna then commented on her own decision to skip this next figure skating season and she said, “When I started my athletic career as a figure skater when I was very young, my goal was winning a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Finally I achieved my dream and my goal. And then after that I tried to just enjoy the competitions and figure skating.

“Recently I decided to skip this season, of course I am training very hard even though I will not compete. What I am going to do next season I think I will decide next year.  As you know for a winter figure skater it is very rare to compete in two consecutive Olympic Games so I need some time to think about it.”

On another note, Kim was happy that she had time to explore the Olympic Museum this trip. Last time she was here was for the IOC technical briefing with the PyeongChang 2018 bid team. All her time was dedicated to supporting the bid, now she is a member of the organizing committee board and will be helping the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

All the four Ambassadors have inspiring stories to tell and will for sure bring a special excitement to Innsbruck 2012 and create a renewed legacy in the Olympic city.

Keywords · IOC · YOG · Yuna Kim · Kevin Rolland · Jacques Rogge · Innsbruck 2012

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