POSTED: August 31st 2015

South Korean figure skating legend Yuna Kim signs on as Ambassador for Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

(Center) Yuna Kim and local athletes / IOC Geir Olsen
(Center) Yuna Kim and local athletes / IOC Geir Olsen

Yuna Kim joins the official Lillehammer 2016 mascot  / IOC Geir Olsen
Yuna Kim joins the official Lillehammer 2016 mascot / IOC Geir Olsen

BRITTANY MILLSAP (USA) / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) "Queen Yuna", the Olympic champion made a special visit to Lillehammer to mark the announcement of her role in the upcoming Games. She spent the day visiting the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic venues and hosted a skating workshop for local youth in the evening.  

Youth Olympic fans around the world got a chance to chat with the skating legend via live social media. Fans sent in their questions for Yuna on Twitter using the hashtag #AskYuna.

Yuna, also an ambassador to the inaugural Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, continues to be committed to supporting the Games and sharing her experience with the young participating athletes. As ambassador for Lillehammer 2016, Yuna will be joined by Alpine skiers Lindsey Vonn and Kjetil Jansrud, ice hockey star Mats Zuccarello and snowboard slopestyler Silje Norendal. Together the athletes hope to reach out to the next generation of elite athletes, but to also encourage all people around the world to stay active and healthy.

Yuna claimed, "I am very honoured to be back to support the Youth Olympic Games and also to be here in Lillehammer to get a sneak peek of the incredible venues. Lillehammer is a beautiful city and I think the athletes will fall in love with this place! After experiencing Innsbruck 2012, I saw first-hand the smiles of the young athletes and the reaction from fans, and I am so happy to be a part of it once again."  

The IOC is responsible for choosing all ambassadors for each Youth Olympic Games. Legends such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, and Yelena Isinbaeva have supported the Youth Games movement which has been shared with the world through IOC's 50 million fans on social media.

The second Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place from February 12th to the 21st in Lillehammer. The Games will feature all seven sports on the Olympic program with an addition of team ski-snowboard cross and monobob. In the young athletes off time they will be encouraged to participate in presentations and activities on healthy eating, injury prevention, the dangers of doping and illegal betting, and careers in sport and media.

** BRITTANY MILLSAP is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has two years of sports media experience with LB3 Lacrosse. She plans to continue her education in sport media while attending grad school at Lindenwood University.

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