Tuesday, May 20, 2014

IOC President Thomas Bach Visits Lillehammer 2016


After a brief update from the organisers on their progress, the IOC President was put to work to help launch the pictograms along with 15 young athletes aiming for the Youth Olympic Games, representing each discipline. In the true spirit of the YOG, the pictograms have been created by 24-year-old Norwegian designer Ida Ellinor Syverinsen, who described her work as "full of energy and youthfulness".
Impressed with the work of the young designer, the IOC President said: "The pictograms are pretty cool! They are symbolise the dynamism of sport and are appealing to the young athletes". Surrounded by the athletes, the IOC President called for a "selfie" photo to be taken to share the moment on social media with fans following the Youth Olympic Games.
Double Olympic ice hockey champion and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Angela Ruggiero, along with fellow IOC members Gerhard Heiberg and Yang Yang, then accompanied the IOC President on a venue tour of some of Lillehammer’s world-famous venues from the 1994 Olympic Winter Games that will be reused for the Games in 2016. At the Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, the venue for cross country skiing and biathlon, the IOC President was met by the gold medallist from Sochi 2014, Maiken Casperen Falla, who, as well as being a strong supporter of Lillehammer 2016, was also mentoring some of the local skiers aiming for their home Games.
A short tour was also conducted of the Youth Olympic Village, a project in which the IOC is investing EUR 13.4m (108m NOK), and is the only venue to be constructed for the Games. This is a key part of the Lillehammer legacy and will become student housing both before and after the YOG.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, to be held between February 26th and March 6th 2016, will bring together more than one thousand athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from approximately 80 National Olympic Committees to compete in Bobsleigh, Luge, Ski jumping, Alpine skiing, Nordic Combined, Cross Country, Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice hockey, Speed Skating, Shorttrack skating, Snowboard, and Freestyle (Skicross / Halfpipe).

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