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Learning from the best at Innsbruck 2012

25/09/2012

If you could meet your idol what would you say? At the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck 2012, the young athletes got the unique opportunity to not only meet, but also sit down and chat with successful Olympians: the Athlete Role Models.

Over 30 stars from the world of sport, including US Olympic ice hockey champion Angela Ruggiero, French biathlon gold medallist Vincent Defrasne and Ukrainian pole vault legend Sergey Bubka, came to Innsbruck to share their experience, advice and stories with the Olympians of tomorrow.

To learn from the best was a once-in-a-lifetime experience the athletes did not take for granted, and there were a few surprises along the way too... Who knew Swiss figure skater Stéphane Lambiel could sing! Check out this film for the video evidence...

Discover the best photos of Nanjing 2014

  • Medalists of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa (C) of Romania, silver medalists Miroslav Jech and Lukas Helesic (L) of Czech Republic and bronze medalists Gokhan Guven and Eren Can Aslan of Turkey on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

  • Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu (L) and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

  • Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania in the Junior Men's pair final

    Nanjing 2014 - Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa (Top) of Romania celebrate winning the Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014. Romania won the gold medal.

  • Luo Yadan and Pan Jie of People's Republic of China in Junior Women's Pair Final

    Nanjing 2014 - Luo Yadan and Pan Jie (Front,L) of People's Republic of China compete during Junior Women's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014. Luo and Zhang won the silver medals.

  • Cristina Georgiana Popescu and Denisa Tilvescu of Romania in the Junior Women's Pair Final

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Cristina Georgiana Popescu and Denisa Tilvescu (C) of Romania celebrate after winning Junior Women's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

  • Medalists of the Women's All-Around Final of artistic gymnastics

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Seda Tutkhalyan(C) of Russian Federation, silver medalist Flavia Lopes Saraiva(L) of Brazil and bronze medalist Elissa Downie of Great Britain on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the Women's All-Around Final match of artistic gymnastics event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014.

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