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Innsbruck 2012 Announces Mascot

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Innsbruck 2012 organizers announced Wednesday that a mountain goat will be the mascot for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

In October a mascot competition was launched with 104 designs submitted by participants from 15 different countries. The winning entry came from Argentina.

According to Innsbruck officials, the graceful figure reflects the athletic aspect of the Games' youthful character to young people around the world for the first Youth Olympic Winter Games and the Olympic values of friends, respect, and inspire the quest for personal best.

The mascot will be unveiled at a celebration January 13, one year ahead of the Games.

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Youth Winter 2012 Summary
Bid Status: Innsbruck, Austria has been elected to host the 2012 Youth Olympic Winter Games
Bid Date: December 12 2008.
Bid Location: By postal vote.
Description: Innsbruck (Austria) defeated Kuopio (Finland) to host the first-ever Youth Olympic Winter Games to be held in 2012. Innsbruck and Lillehammer have a rich winter sports history, both having already hosted the Olympic Winter Games. Harbin has some experience by hosting the Asian Winter Games. Kuopio is a University town with less experience but could appeal to the IOC from a youth perspective.
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