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Innsbruck 2012 reaches halfway mark
Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), praised the inaugural edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck as the event reached its halfway mark today.
"After the success of Singapore, it is heart-warming to witness a city come alive once again with the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games. The local communities have come out in force to enjoy the high-level sports competition on offer, while international spectators have travelled from far and wide to show their support", he said.
"In the five days of the Games so far, we have seen ski halfpipe and ladies' ski jumping make their debut on an Olympic program and the introduction of new sport formats, such as the mixed gender parallel team event in Alpine Skiing. All were received with great enthusiasm by spectators in the packed stadiums", Rogge added.
The participation of 70 National Olympic Committees is a strong demonstration of the event's universality, with athletes from 21 countries winning medals thus far, including Morocco, whose sole athlete - Adam Lamhamedi - made history as the first African to win a medal at a winter Olympic event when he took gold in the Super-G.
"The new sports formats have been a huge draw in terms of attendance and have added real excitement to the Games," said the IOC's Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli. "The International Federations have truly embraced the Winter Youth Olympic Games and contributed to their success", he added.
In addition to the sports programme, 27 Culture and Education Programme (CEP) activities have been made available to athletes. One of the best-received CEP events has been Meet the Role Models, a Q&A session with top athletes including Olympic champions Yuna Kim, Stephane Lambiel and Alexander Popov.
Other success stories at the Games include the 33 Athlete Role Models, who have been offering advice and tips to the young competitors and taking part in the various CEP activities; the 33 Young Ambassadors, who have served as CEP guides for their delegations; and the 15 Young Reporters, who have been providing excellent content for the international media.
Something new for the Winter Youth Olympic Games that has created a huge stir among athletes and media alike has been the Yogger, the athletes' key to their Innsbruck 2012 experience. The interactive USB key is not only full of useful information; it also acts as a virtual business card, allowing athletes to share and collect contact information simply by touching their keys together. Swiping the keys against the various CEP booths allows the athletes to collect electronic material about the activities. So far over 1,200 athletes and officials have registered.
For more information visit www.innsbruck2012.com
Contributed by IOC