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  • Learning from the best at Innsbruck 2012 | Video

    Learning from the best at Innsbruck 2012

    If you could meet your idol what would you say? At the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck 2012, the young athletes got the unique opportunity to not only meet, but also sit down and chat with successful Olympians: the Athlete Role Models.
  • Bernard Rajzman on the universal language of the Games | Video

    Bernard Rajzman on the universal language of the Games

    Part of the Brazil volleyball team that won Olympic silver in 1984, Bernard Rajzman is now a distinguished sports administrator and became an IOC member in 2013. Rio 2016 will be the 11th edition of the Games in which he has been involved, three of them as an athlete. In this latest video in our “Words of Olympians” series, he shares his insights into the essence of the Olympic Games. (Still image: IOC/John Huet)
  • Sport for All | Video

    Sport for All

    Sport for All is a movement promoting the Olympic ideal that sport is a human right for all individuals regardless of race, social class and gender. Hear Sam Ramsamy, Chairman of the IOC Sport for All Commission, talk about the importance of creating universal access to sports.
  • London 2012 hopefuls making most of Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia | Video

    London 2012 hopefuls making most of Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia

    Titus Kafunda Mukhala (athletics, 100m and 200m), Esther Sandu (judo) and Ben Muzito (boxing) say the new Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, which the Olympic Movement and Zambian government opened in 2010, has helped them improve their abilities and raise their aspirations. The three athletes received an additional boost of inspiration when IOC President Jacques Rogge and United Nations Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the centre.
  • The host city with two Olympic Games cauldrons | Video

    The host city with two Olympic Games cauldrons

    The 1976 Games had been awarded to Denver, but after the American city withdrew in November 1972, Innsbruck offered to step in and its offer was accepted by the IOC Executive Board. The city had previously hosted the Winter Games 12 years earlier. Ice dancing debuted at the Games as a full medal discipline and was dominated by the Russians. In figure skating, American Terry Kubicka performed a back flip - the first time in the history of figure skating this dangerous move had been successfully performed. This was the second time the Games had taken place in this city, the first being in 1964. For this reason, two Olympic cauldrons were lit.
  • Jean-Claude Killy sweeps the board - Alpine Skiing | Video

    Jean-Claude Killy sweeps the board - Alpine Skiing

    After he won 12 of 16 World Cup races during the 1966-1967 season, French sports fans hoped that Jean-Claude Killy would sweep all three Alpine skiing events when the Olympic Winter Games were staged in Grenoble, France, in 1968.   Killy began by winning gold in the downhill, slashing across the finish line a mere eight hundredths of a second ahead of French teammate Guy Périllat. Then when, for the first time, the giant slalom contest was decided by a combination of two runs rather than a single run, Killy again won gold -- by more than two seconds.   Killy needed the slalom to complete the Alpine sweep. His second run kept him in the lead until the turn of his closest rival, Karl Schranz. But as Schranz sped through the fog, he skidded to a halt, claiming that someone crossed his path. Granted a rerun, Schranz beat Killy's time and was declared the winner. But a Jury of Appeal disqualified him and awarded gold to Killy.   Killy later served as co-president of the Organising Committee of the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games and became an IOC member in 1995.
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