Friday, February 12, 2016

Lillehammer 2016 Opening Ceremony

The Winter Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will take place today in Lillehammer, and will start at 19:00 p.m. (CET). For the next 10 days, the best young athletes from 71 nations will compete in 15 winter sports at Lillehammer 2016.
A few hours before Friday’s opening ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach said: "These Games are a great opportunity for Lillehammer to refresh and modernise the great legacy that the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games left. But they are also a great opportunity to inform and educate young athletes".
The Lillehammer 2016 organisers and Norway’s National Olympic Committee have developed youth programmes to train volunteers for roles at the Games and to encourage young people to become more active and healthy. Many of the volunteers will take leading positions in sports clubs and communities after the Games.
The passion of the Norwegian spectators played a major role in the success of Lillehammer 1994. Bach praised the work of the organising committee in trying to recreate that warm welcome to the 1100 athletes aged 15 to 18 who will compete in 70 medal events from 12–21 February.
"We are very happy with how the Olympic spirit is building up and the athletes will appreciate the atmosphere and the facilities. We can already say that the organising committee has done a fantastic job and the stage is set for the young athletes and the spectators and visitors".

Follow the opening ceremony live on NRK3 or YouTube:

The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, to be held between from 12 to 21 February 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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