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Winter stars from around the world

Winter stars from around the world
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20/02/2014

When you think of countries like Morocco and Australia you imagine endless blue skies and warm sunshine, not frosty Alpine conditions!  But the Youth Olympic Games has inspired young athletes from all corners of the globe to endeavour in these chilly sports! Yesterday was a big day for some of them in the men’s giant slalom!

Adam Lamhamedi from Morocco was the first African to ever win a medal at a Winter Olympic event when he claimed gold at the first Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck two years ago. Now competing in Sochi 2014 he had the whole crowd behind him, thrilled to see a Moroccan sliding down the slopes of Sochi.

"This atmosphere is electrifying; it is great to see the crowd cheering for not just the winners, but also for athletes like us who represent countries that are not usually famous for winter sports. This just goes to show that the Olympics are not just about competition, but also about sportsmanship."

Echoing Lamhamedi's thoughts was Lebanon's Alexandre Mohbat.

"We don't belong to the winter superpowers here, so belonging to Lebanon is actually like being an exotic species! But this is a great platform to meet athletes from all over the world, watch the best of the best ski and learn from them."

San Marino's Vincenzo Michelotti was also competing yesterday: “Competing at Sochi is a dream too good to be true for athletes from my country. So I am taking every chance that I get to compete to the best of my abilities and make as many friends I can."

Looking back at his success at Innsbruck 2012, Lamhamedi said: “The YOG holds different meanings for all of us, for some it’s about getting into sports early, for some it’s about culture and education, but for athletes like us, it’s an international stage that means everything to the youth of our country. We get to put our nations on the map and dream big, that's the magic of the YOG DNA.”

 

Over in the ladies’ Alpine camp, Greta Small of Australia has had one of the busiest schedules of all athletes here in Sochi, competing in five of the Alpine skiing disciplines!

By Young Reporter Sonali Prasad

 

Lillehammer 2016 Photos

  • Biathlon Women's 6km Sprint

    Gold medallist Juliane Fruehwirt GER (Center), Silver medallist Marthe Krakstad NOR and bronze medallist Arina Pantova KAZ pose on the podium after the Ladies' Biathlon 6km Sprint at the Hafjell Olympic Slope during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway

  • Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Mens

    Stijn Dominique G Desmet BEL (Left) and Kazuki Yoshinaga JPN compete during the Men's Short Track 1000m final B at Gjovik Olympic Cavern Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 14 February 2016.

  • Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Mens

    Tjerk de Boer NED (Left) and Yerkebulan Shamukhanov KAZ compete during the Men's Short Track 1000m semi-finals at Gjovik Olympic Cavern Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 14 February 2016.

  • Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Mens

    during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 14 February 2016.

  • Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Ladies

    Yize Zang CHN (Right), Gioya Lancee NED (Right) compete during the Ladies Short Track 1000m final B at the Gjovik Olympic Cavern Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 14 February 2016.

  • Alpine Combined Slalom Men

    Gold medallist River Radamus USA competes during the Men's Alpine Combined Slalom Hafjell Olympic Slope during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer Norway, 14 February 2016

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