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IOC President Calls Innsbruck 2012 Games "Ten Glorious Days"

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The Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games ended Sunday and according to Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it "exceeded all expectations and laid solid foundations for future Youth Olympic Games", adding "we owe a debt of gratitude to the organizers and the many volunteers".

About 100,000 spectators reportedly attended the Games, with TV channels from 70 countries showing daily highlights. There were no fewer than 900 media representatives producing more than 11,000 articles about the Games, and the official Innsbruck 2012 website was accessed 4.7 million times.

Richard Rubatscher, chairman of the Innsbruck 2012 Supervisory Board said, "we wanted to be a good, friendly host".

Peter Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of the organizing committee added, "I think we have achieved that. Innsbruck, Tyrol and Austria have shown themselves at their best".

Rogge said, "these were ten glorious days. Thank you Innsbruck. See you in Lillehammer in 2016".

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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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