Excitement builds for Lillehammer 2016 – Kjetil Jansrud Ambassador
As Lillehammer celebrates the 20th anniversary since the Olympic Winter Games of 1994, the city is preparing to host the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2016 and staying true to the spirit of their slogan, “Go beyond. Create tomorrow.”
Youth are at the centre of every YOG initiative, local college students and young designers created the “look” of the Games including the mascot which was recently chosen.
In a public vote on Facebook, the lynx was chosen as the official mascot for Lillehammer 2016 among three finalists. It was a close race at the end, with the lynx winning ahead of the weasel by a mere 30 votes. The mascots were created by young designers from around the world aged 15-25 years with 18-year-old Line Ansethmoen of Norway winning the competition.
Kjetil Jansrud, YOG Ambassador
Prior to the mascot competition, the IOC announced Olympic super-G Champion Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) as a Lillehammer 2016 Ambassador in early June. In this role, the 28-year-old will share his advice and experiences of top-level competition with the next generation of young athletes, while inspiring young people around the world to get active and embrace the Olympic values.
He commented, “I started skiing when I was three years old not far from Lillehammer, so it is a real honour for me to be an Ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games almost in my own backyard! This event will really inspire the young athletes in Norway and around the world, and I hope that I can help just a little bit to show how amazing sport is!”
Shortly after the announcement, Kjetil got straight into action by hosting a training session for several young athletes aiming to compete in Lillehammer 2016 at the world famous Holmenkollen Ski Jumping venue.