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Youth Olympians make a statement at the real Games

Europe, Europa
12.02.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - A large number of 224 athletes is competing at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after coming through the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in the past, YOG associate director Antoine Goetschy said on Monday.

The athletes in question competed at the first two Winter YOGs 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria, and 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Two of them have already won gold in Pyeongchang: German ski-jumper Andreas Wellinger and South Korean short track skater Lim Hyo Yun.

The Youth Olympics offer education for young athletes on top of sports and according to American luge slider Tucker West are the perfect springboard ahead of a proper Olympic debut.

Goetschy also highlighted that the YOG experimented with new disciplines ahead of possible inclusion into the Games, and was also on the forefront of making bidding cheaper through a new process.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last week to invite only African countries to host the 2022 YOG, with geographical aspects possibly also used at future Olympic bids.

Goetschy confirmed that Senegal is one possible host but also spoke of "interest from different countries" although it was too early to name them.

The host is elected by the IOC at its Session around the next YOG in Buenos Aires. The next youth winter edition is 2020 in the IOC‘s Swiss home town of Lausanne.

 

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