POSTED: June 14th 2013

IOC Coordination Commission completes second visit of Lillehammer 2016

Lillehammer hosted the Winter Games in 1994 /  Esben Haagenstad
Lillehammer hosted the Winter Games in 1994 / Esben Haagenstad

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee hosted the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Gjovik to discuss the progress on the foundation for the event.

The Organising Committee’s vision for the Games was described as ‘for young people, by young people’ based on the core values of ‘playful and determined’ and ‘awesome and humble.’

Since the Commission first visit in 2012, the Organising Committee has brought in a new Financial Controller, Head of Culture and Education Programme and Head of Games Operations to create a strong network of external experts and pave the way for an ‘unforgettable’ event.

Chaired by Olympic ice hockey champion Angela Ruggiero, the Commission was briefed on the new Culture and Education Programme, legacy commitments, a review of the Venue Master Plan and the Marketing and Communications plans. The Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee also gave an update on the Youth Olympic Village, which will begin construction ahead of schedule.

Olympic skeleton racer Adam Pengilly and two-time Olympic champions short track skater Yang Yang were also present at the meetings in Gjovik, which will host the short track events at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games.

“This is crucial time for LYOGOC as they start building the foundation for their project and establishing their vision, mission, and ambition for the YOG in 2016,” Ruggiero said. “Already, they have demonstrated a full understanding of the YOG spirit, working with students and young people from the region in a ‘playful and determined, awesome and humble’ manner, as their values state, and their vision is very well in line with the IOC vision of the YOG.

“The IOC is in no doubt they will deliver an unforgettable experience to the young participants, local youth and beyond and we look forward to going on this journey with them.”

Keywords · Youth Olympic Games · Lillehammer · Norway · Gjovik · International Olympic Committee · Coordination Commission · Olympics ·

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