Innsbruck 2012 is the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the premier international event for young athletes ages 15 to 18 to compete at the highest level while providing valuable skills and experiences for their future careers.
Off the field of play, there is an interactive programme of workshops to provide the athletes with skills and experiences for them to share with their friends, families and communities, to be true champions in and out of competition. Supporting the Youth Olympic Games are 33 Athlete Role Models, Olympians who want to share their advice with the next generation of athletes. In addition, 33 Young Ambassadors guide the athletes through the YOG experience and a team of Young Reporters provide coverage from broadcast to blog.
Some of the biggest names in sport help raise the profile of the YOG through promotional campaigns and meeting with the athletes during the Games. : Lyndsey Vonn (USA), Yuna Kim (KOR), Kevin Rolland (FRA), Sidney Crosby (CAN) and Benjamin Raich (AUT) will put their extensive experience and talents to valuable use as Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors for Innsbruck 2012
Key facts and figures
Dates: 13 to 22 January 2012
NOC participated: 69 Athletes:
Athletes: 1,022 (466 girls; 556 boys)
Events: 63, in 7 sports Volunteers: 1,440 from 50 countries