Lillehammer’s up-and-coming ice hockey players had some star treatment this week during the “one-year-to-go” celebrations in the Winter Youth Olympic Games host city. Olympic champion and IOC member Angela Ruggiero shared her gold-medal winning skills with the youngsters during an ice hockey skills challenge session - one of the new innovative disciplines at the YOG.
Starting out with a shooting accuracy test, the athletes had to shoot the puck and be the first to hit several targets around the rink. The second test was a speed challenge - the fastest athlete to skate backwards and forwards holding the ice hockey stick.
Angela herself shared her special bond with Lillehammer with the young players: “I wanted to go to the Lillehammer 1994 Games but I was only 14 years old. I watched them on TV and it was what inspired me.”