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Young athletes lay foundation stone of Lillehammer’s Youth Olympic Village

Young athletes lay foundation stone of Lillehammer’s Youth Olympic Village
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05/11/2013

The foundation stone of Lillehammer’s Youth Olympic Village (YOV), which will house over 1,000 young winter sports athletes during the winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2016, was laid by a group of students from the Norwegian College of Elite Sport last week.

Performed during the students’ roller skiing exercise, the ceremony saw the young athletes bury sports equipment and school books from the local College and University to symbolise the coming together of education and sport – two key pillars of these Lillehammer YOG.

17 year-old local ski jumper Erlend Flotten was one of the students to have the honour of laying the foundation stone for the Village, which will be used to create 360 new student apartments after the YOG. “These buildings are very much appreciated”, commented the young sportsman. “The location is great, at the heart of all the sporting action of Lillehammer, and with everything a student needs nearby.”

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