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Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games set to open 22 years after historic Olympic Winter Games

Lillehammer 1994 Opening Ceremony
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27/09/2013

The Opening Ceremony of the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games will now take place on Friday 12 February 2016, exactly 22 years after the Olympic Flame was lit in Lillehammer for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.

The Acting CEO of the Organising Committee (LYOGOC), Tomas Holmestad, said: “We are looking forward to creating Olympic experiences for a whole new generation. Nothing pleases us more than the symbolism that comes with the fact of having Lillehammer 2016’s Opening Ceremony on 12 February, exactly 22 years after the last Olympic Opening Ceremony in Lillehammer.”

The revised dates for the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games, Friday 12 February to Sunday 21 February 2016, replace the original dates proposed by LYOGOC, Friday 26 February to Sunday 6 March, which coincided with other major international sporting events in Norway.  Over 1,100 athletes aged between 15 and 18, from some 70 nations, will be participating in sporting, educational and cultural activities over 10 days in Lillehammer.

Lillehammer 2016 Photos

  • Lillehammer 2016 Closing Ceremony

    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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