You can carry the Virtual Youth Olympic Torch and be in with the chance of winning a trip to Athens as the first Torch Bearer of the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Torch Relay on 17 December 2011.
It’s easy! Simply register on our Facebook page and help take the Virtual Torch on a journey around the world. You will automatically be entered into the draw to win the awesome Torch Bearer role in Athens as well loads of other cool prizes.
The route of the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Torch Relay, which will travel across the whole of Austria, will last 18 days and includes 2,012 Torch Bearers, 65 Break Sites and 18 days. The Youth Olympic Torch Relay will traverse the country, visiting all of Austria’s nine regional capitals as well as the country’s most famous winter sports resorts. Along its journey the Olympic Flame will be carried by 2,012 inspiring, athletic Torch Bearers – including some well-known personalities and sports stars – who will each run approximately 150 metres holding the Torch.
The Austrian leg of the Torch Relay will start in Innsbruck on 27 December 2011 and will return to the Tyrolean regional capital on 13 January 2012 to light Innsbruck’s third Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games. This moment will be a truly unique event in the 116-year history of the modern Olympic Games, as Innsbruck becomes the first host city ever to welcome the Olympic Flame on three separate occasions.
There is another reason why the Tyrolean regional capital and the Olympic Flame enjoy a special relationship: lighting the Olympic Torch using only the sunlight and a concave mirror – today an Olympic tradition – took its origin in 1964, when the Olympic Flame made its way from its home in the Greek town of Olympia to Innsbruck for the Olympic Winter Games.
On 17 December 2011 the Torch for the Winter Youth Olympic Games will once again be lit in Greece before being transported to Austria.