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30 Sep 2011
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Austrian President Receives First Ticket for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012

The first official ticket for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games was presented to the Federal President, Dr Heinz Fischer, by a delegation from the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) and the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (IYOGOC) at his official residence, the Hofburg Palace, in Vienna, yesterday.

The Games will take place from 13 to 22 January in Innsbruck, Austria, and tickets will be made available free of charge to the public on selected days starting on 6 October with 99 days to go. Underlining the importance of the event for the whole country, President Fischer said: “It is a great honour, but also a great responsibility, to organise the first Winter Youth Olympic Games. For 10 days the eyes of the entire sporting world will be on Austria, just as they were on Singapore in 2010 during the first Summer Youth Olympic Games, which were attended by media representatives from 166 countries. This historic moment is a fantastic opportunity for Austria to present itself to the world as a professional host and a leading nation for winter sports and tourism.”

Among the 1,059 athletes who will be competing in Innsbruck in January 2012 is Austrian Nordic combined athlete Christoph Hirsch from Eisenerz in Styria. Austrian Olympian Felix Gottwald, who was among the presentation delegation in Vienna, promised his potential successor an unforgettable experience: “As an athlete, there is nothing bigger than the Olympics. The Winter Youth Olympic Games will undoubtedly be the high point so far of Christoph’s and all the other young athletes’ careers. On top of that, our athletes will have the unique opportunity to experience the Youth Olympic Games held in their home country – that’s something I could only ever dream of.”

The organisers are determined to ensure that it is not only the athletes attending the Games who will benefit from the unforgettable Olympic experience. “The Innsbruck 2012 motto is ‘Be part of it!’, and we will give everyone the opportunity to become part of the Olympic Movement. Through the event, we want to encourage young people to have fun doing sport and to learn about the Olympic Idea,” said ÖOC President, Dr Karl Stoss. “Sustainability is a big part of our Games, and for the first time ever the entire Youth Olympic Village has been constructed using passive-house technology,” added Innsbruck 2012 CEO Peter Bayer.

On 6 October, exactly 99 days before the Opening Ceremony, the general public will have their first chance to secure a ticket for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games when the first 999 tickets will be made available through All tickets for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be available free of charge.

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