EYOF 2015 in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein
Besides World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games there are now numerous international events within a short period of time. Young athletes have the chance to participate in the Universiade and, since 2012, also in the Youth Olympic Winter Games. In addition there is also the European Youth Olympic Festival. Here's more information about the EYOF.
ROCK THE ALPS – EYOF 2015: European Youth Olympic Festival 2015
The fight for results, wins and medals in on in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein next winter.
"This festival motivates young European athletes and gives their career a meaning right from the start." Jacques Rogge, former president of the IOC, knows what he's talking about. He initiated the European Olympic Youth Festival 1991 in order to give young athletes the chance to compete internationally under Olympic conditions as early as possible. In addition the Olympic values like respect, friendship and the pursuit of excellence shall be promoted. "For young athletes the EYOF's in summer and winter are just as important as the Olympic Games for adults", says Milan Jirasek, member of the EOC Executive Committee.
The EYOF, the European Youth Olympic Festival, is organized by the European Olympic Committee under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. It is held every two years, in summer and winter.
Valuable experience for the young athletes
With the introduction of this important sports event Europe keeps up with the tradition of other continents - for example the Asian and the Pan American Games. The Winter and Summer Festival also include an opening and closing ceremony, the Olympic flame is burning during the whole festival, athletes, referees and coaches take their oath. At the victory ceremony the national anthem is played in honor of the winner, the flags of the medalists are raised. The European Youth Olympic Festival offers European cities the opportunity to motivate their youth and communities to more sports and a healthier lifestyle.
Premiere for Vorarlberg & Liechtenstein
After the first edition of the Youth Olympic Winter Games 2012 in Innsbruck, yet another Olympic event for young athletes is now held in Austria with the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein from January 25th to January 30th, 2015. This is also a worldwide premiere. The EYOF 2015 is the first festival that is held in two countries. Up to 49 nations and about 1500 athletes between ages 14 and 18 will be participating in this European sports event. Four of the international winter sports federations, which are also active at Olympic Games, will be represented in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein: the International Ski Federation (FIS), the International Biathlon Union (IBU), the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Skating Union (ISU). On the six days of the festival, events in eight sports will be held at nine different venues: biathlon, ice hockey, figure skating, cross country skiing, nordic combined, alpine skiing, ski jumping and snowboarding. Patrick Hickey, president of the EOC, praised the event in 2011: "There is something magical about youth competitions. And it's also a chance to watch talented athletes compete before they are getting famous."
Ski jumping is included in the program of the Winter EYOF since 1999, but ski jumping competitions were not held in Monthey (SUI) 2005 and Jaca (ESP) 2007 because it is one of the sports that organizers can choose from. From 2009 ski jumpers were able to compete again in Wisla, Liberec and Brasov. The ski jumping competitions of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2015 will be held in Tschagguns, Vorarlberg on the HS 108 and the HS 66.
Sustainable structures, likeable hosts
"It is a beautiful region, lots of nature, high mountains, fantastic", EOC EYOF manager Katerina Nycova said during her first visit. "Both countries have a huge potential, excellent venues and the necessary knowledge to carry out such big events."
The organizing committee in Schruns paid special attention to the cooperation with the local schools and clubs in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein. The goal was to preserve resources and create and support a sustainable infrastructure in order to enthuse as many young people as possible for winter sports over the next years. In addition the regions in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein have the chance to present themselves as likeable and capable hosts with organizational skills and a huge passion for sports. Today's top athletes like Janica Kostelic (CRO), Anja Paerson (SWE), Yevgeniy Plyushenko (RUS), Peter Prevc (SLO), Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA), Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT), Martin Koch (AUT), Vincent Descombes Sevoie (FRA) and 4-Hills-Tournament winner Thomas Diethart (AUT) showed their talent at the Winter EYOF. The list of successful young athletes who made their way to the world's elite is long. For them this sports event was a valuable experience.
Christina AGER (Alpine Skiing - Austria): „The Olympic Spirit at the EYOF is magical. You experience so much, you get to know different cultures and many people from all over the world. Friendships are made. The event is a formative experience for every young athlete."
Tina WEIRATHER (Alpine Skiing - Liechtenstein): „What I like most about the EYOF is that young athletes get the chance to experience such a big event with a unique atmosphere. They learn to show their best performance under pressure."
For more information about the European Youth Olympic Festival 2015 in Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein visit: www.eyof2015.org
Official website of the European Olympic Committee: www.eurolympic.org