The 13th edition of the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) concluded on 18th February 2017 in Erzurum (TUR). European Olympic Committees acting President and FIS Vice President Janez Kocijancic hailed the success of the Festival, describing the organisation of the event as "outstanding".
During the five-day event, more than 800 young athletes from across Europe aged 14-18 competed in nine winter sports including alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, ski jumping and snowboarding. With 19 gold and 39 medals in total, Russia secured first place in the medals standings.
“On behalf of the EOC, I wish to thank and to congratulate our Turkish friends, the Organising Committee, and the National Olympic Committee for the outstanding organisation of the Winter EYOF," Kocijancic said. “And congratulations to the young athletes of Europe who have competed and lived these five days of sport in the true Olympic spirit.”
Turkish Olympic Committee President Ugur Erdener echoed Kocijancic’s thoughts, declaring Erzurum 2017 as an overwhelming success for Turkey and young European athletes.
In a historic first, the event was broadcast on the Olympic Channel which made the events available to a worldwide audience through the Channel’s digital platform and its mobile Apps.