The Closing Ceremony of the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games brought a dramatic and emotional end to 12 days of world-class sporting competition and cultural and educational activities in Singapore on Thursday night.
In 2012 the first winter edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place in Innsbruck, Austria. In this video Peter Bayer, CEO Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, talk about what he has learnt from Singapore 2010…
Innsbruck was elected to host the Games in December 2008. The result was announced by IOC President Jacques Rogge at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, to be held between 13 and 22 January 2012, will bring together 1,058 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from approximately 80 National Olympic Committees to compete in the seven sports on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games programme. Innsbruck will host the Olympic torch for the third time after hosting the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games. Alongside the sports element they will participate in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) which will raise Participants’ awareness of the Olympic values and topics like Olympism, skills development, well being & healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through Digital Media. Innsbruck is a beautiful alpine city of 130.000 people which offers a vibrant city life in the heart of Europe. It is surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks that provide a constant reminder that cities and nature can co-exist in harmony. The lifestyle in Innsbruck has focused on winter sports for decades.
The participants will be accommodated in a newly developed Youth Olympic Village. Innsbruck has committed to build a completely new neighborhood which will serve more than a 1.700 beds. After the Games the Youth Olympic Village will provide the city with a much needed legacy in new housing.