POSTED: January 12th 2012
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Innsbruck 2012 winter Youth Olympic Games get off the ground tomorrow

The city readies for the opening of the first winter Youth Olympic Games / IOC
The city readies for the opening of the first winter Youth Olympic Games / IOC

The Main Media Center which also hold the figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey competitions / IOC
The Main Media Center which also hold the figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey competitions / IOC

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TAMPA: The inaugural edition of the winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) kick off tomorrow in the former Olympic city of Innsbruck, Austria.

There are 15 disciplines being contended from the seven sports on the program which is the same as the Sochi 2014 Games.  

A total of 1,059 athletes aged 15 to 18 will participate.

A total of 372 medals will be awarded in 63 Medal Events and 500 national and protocol flags will be raised for the international event.

The first edition of the summer YOG took place in Singapore in 2010 and was a resounding success.

The idea of the YOG was launched by IOC chief, Dr. Jacques Rogge, modeled after the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) that is run by the continental National Olympic Committees (NOC) organization of Europe.


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