At the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, nothing demonstrated this more than watching athletes from different territories and opposite genders compete as one team in the mixed format events.
The curling National Olympic Committee (NOC) doubles competition, figure skating mixed NOC team event and short track mixed NOC relay saw athletes overcome language and cultural differences to work together towards one shared goal, having a whole lot of fun along the way!
Other events such as the cross country biathlon mixed team relay, luge mixed team relay, the curling mixed team competition and a mixed team competition combining ski jumping and Nordic combined featured mixed genders from the same NOCs competing on the same team for the first time.
Check out some of the fun new formats seen at Innsbruck 2012 on our YouTube channel.
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