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And it's a wrap! YOGgies sign off from Sochi

And it's a wrap! YOGgies sign off from Sochi
©IOC/Anna Konovalova

25/02/2014

As the Olympic flame was extinguished in Sochi, athletes, ambassadors and reporters who have made their own journey from the Youth Olympic Games to Sochi 2014 bid farewell after creating history and magic at the Olympic Winter Games in Russia.

Many records were broken and many new ones were set over the course of the Games. Over 60 young athletes gave it their best shot, carrying the legacy of the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games held in Innsbruck in 2012.  

From Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova winning the figure skating crown with a stellar performance to Japanese snowboarder Taku Hiroaka creating history for his country in the sport  by claiming bronze in the halfpipe, beating legend Shaun White, every YOGgie left their mark in Sochi.

It was not just the athletes who brought the YOG DNA to Russia - the Young Ambassadors and Reporters were busy behind the scenes or in the press stands, working hard to make the Games a success, or supporting their nation’s athletes with their National Olympic Committee.

And now the focus shifts to the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, when the famous flame reaches Nanjing, China, later this year in search of new young talent both on and off the field of play that will celebrate youth and the spirit of Olympism together.

The YOG reporting team in Sochi, Anna and I now take our leave. It's been a wonderful journey of discovery, memories, emotions and a lot of fun together! Until next time, spasiba bolshoi Russia!

Young Reporter Sonali Prasad

Lillehammer 2016 Photos

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    PDT Bach and Honorary PDT Jacques Rogge in the audience at the closing ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Mens' Gold Medal

    Benoit-Olivier Groulx CAN (L) vies with Jake Wise USA during the Ice Hockey men's final between Canada and USA at the Kristins Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Mens' Gold Medal

    Aidan Dudas CAN has a shot on goalie Drew Deridder USA during the Ice Hockey men's final between Canada and USA at the Kristins Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Mens' Gold Medal

    Aidan Dudas CAN (Center) vies with Adam Samuelsson USA during the Ice Hockey men's final between Canada and USA at the Kristins Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Curling Mixed Doubles

    Honoka Sasaki JPN throws a stone during the Curling Mixed Doubles Finals Bronze Medal Game at Lillehammer Curling Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Curling Mixed Doubles

    Andreas Haarstad NOR sweeps the ice during the Curling Mixed Doubles Finals Bronze Medal Game at Lillehammer Curling Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

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