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Thank you for the memories Innsbruck 2012!

Thank you for the memories Innsbruck 2012!

22/01/2013

On 22 January 2012, the first Winter Youth Olympic Games drew to a close in the very heart of the town as the 1,000-plus athletes packed into the Medals Plaza for the colourful Closing Ceremony which celebrated 10 days of world-class sporting action, the friendships forged and the history made.

And whether they returned home with a medal or not, all the athletes, and indeed the volunteers and fans alike, were true champions, while the city of Innsbruck itself, the host of the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games, exceeded expectations once again. The iconic venues, the warm welcome, the simply breathtaking backdrop of the snow-capped Tyrolean mountains, the first Winter Youth Olympic Games could not have wanted for a more YOG-tacular host or YOG-tastic mascot (Yoggl, we will miss you).

Thank you, Innsbruck 2012. Next stop on the YOG train: Nanjing, China, for the second Summer Youth Olympic Games and then Lillehammer, Norway, for the next Winter Youth Olympic Games. We will see you there!

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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