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Apparently voting process is underway.... Results in December or January...

Suprise, Suprise....

Surprise, indeed. What would Rogge say at the closing ceremony of Innsbruck 2012? I doubt that he is going to say that the next Winter Youth Olympics, in 2016, has been delayed, due to "non-interest" in the Games.

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Cities are interested.

It is inaccurate to state otherwise.

However when considering the Innsbruck/Kuopio competition and what Innsbruck are going to be offering in 2012, it is hardly unreasonable to think that Lillehammer with all of the 1994 facilities still in place and recently upgraded that Lillehammer 2016 is going to be the outstanding odds on favourite - check out their bid book.

It is rumoured that Lake Placid, Sofia, and Lucerne are all going to look at contesting the 2020 hosting rights.

Personally I would like to see the games given to locations that would struggle to host the full games - however because all the events are included, the capital cost of building ski jumping sites and bobsleigh runs would be hard to justify if they are not already in place

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They should make the Youth Olympics the year before the actual Olympics in the city hosting the Olympics the year later.

That means the venues and infrastructure would have to be in place a year beforehand. And for the people of the city, it would take away from the anticipation of waiting for the "Games." And it might even create "Olympic burnout" from the people. And it would be harder to kill off once Rogue leaves!

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well its official now

Lillehammer named Winter Youth Olympic Games host for 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today named Lillehammer, Norway, as the host city of the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

Lillehammer, which hosted the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, was elected by the IOC members via postal vote, the deadline for which was 5 December. As the only city in contention, Lillehammer needed – and received – a majority to obtain victory.

“We are excited to be going back to Lillehammer, which hosted unforgettable Winter Games in 1994,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “The city, the government and Norwegian National Olympic Committee have shown a great desire and commitment to hosting these Games, and we are confident that Lillehammer will provide a world-class experience for the young athletes in just over four years’ time.”

Over 1,000 athletes ranging in ages from 15 to 18 will compete at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, which will feature competitions in the same seven sports that are currently on the Olympic Winter Games programme.

President Rogge will soon establish a Coordination Commission to assist Lillehammer throughout its preparation period.

“I would like to thank the IOC and its Executive Board for the trust they have shown us and Lillehammer in selecting us as the host of the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016,” said Norwegian NOC President Børre Rognlien. “It is with great pleasure and pride that the Norwegian Olympic Committee can now invite a new generation of athletes to Lillehammer. We will attempt to build on the heritage of the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games, and also create a new legacy – a legacy of young people, by young people, and for young people, as well as for our country and the rest of the winter sports world.”

Norwegian Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt said: “I am very pleased to recognise the IOC's announcement that Norway and Lillehammer will host the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016. The IOC’s decision will help boost youth sport in Norway and internationally. Hosting the 2016 Youth Games coincides nicely with existing plans to further develop the Lillehammer region as a winter sports destination, and a number of the arenas used in the 1994 Olympic Games will be reused for the Youth Olympic competitions.”

The Youth Olympic Games are the culmination of the IOC’s determination to reach out to young people. Far more than merely being about high-level competition, the Games are also a platform on which young people can learn about the Olympic values and the benefits of sport, while sharing their experiences with people from around the globe.

Innsbruck, Austria, will host the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games from 13 to 22 January 2012. Singapore hosted the first Summer edition in 2010, while Nanjing, China, will host the 2nd Summer edition in 2014.

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It was just a formality of going through the process, before Lillehammer got the chance to say that it will host the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. If the 2016 bid process resulted in just one candidate city interested in these Games, then what is to say that the 2020 version is going to be any different?

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IOC President kicks off Lillehammer 2016 preparations

Last week the IOC President visited Lillehammer to take part in a series of early meetings and seminar to discuss the second Winter Youth Olympic Games that will take place in the Norwegian Olympic city in 2016.

Seminar

Beginning the YOG seminar in the Lillehammer Olympic Museum auditorium, the President gave a rousing speech to the 200-strong audience from the world of sports, universities, authorities and Games organisers.

After the success of the first two editions of the Summer and Winter Youth Olympic Games, President Rogge expressed the IOC’s mission and vision for the Youth Olympic Games as an event that focuses not only on elite sports competition, but also on a culture and educational aspect.

He said: “We will give skills to these athletes; skills for their later life, not only for their athletic and sporting careers, but also as a citizen of the world and as an individual person.”

He continued: “Our vision at the IOC is that sport is far more than a competition - sport is also about the education of young people. It is about integrating minorities into the mainstream of society, and it is about bringing a healthy lifestyle. Sport is about bringing a dream and joy to the athletes.”

The seminar continued throughout the day ahead of the City to City debrief, led by the Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee.

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Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games off to a flying start

The first visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the second Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) wrapped up today in Lillehammer, Norway.

Chaired by IOC member and USA ice hockey Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero, the Commission was impressed with the early progress made by the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (LYOGOC) since the city won the bid in December 2011 and the strong government and National Olympic Committee support pledged from the outset.

The shared vision of the three parties aims to engage as many young people as possible at home and abroad in the Games. It will also act as a catalyst for change in the development of youth sport nationwide before, during and long after the Games conclude.

Currently in the foundation-planning phase, LYOGOC reported on the extensive work already under way and its strategic blueprint outlining the vision and organisational plans to deliver the Games in just over four years’ time.

Relation-building with all stakeholders is high on LYOGOC’s agenda and, with that in mind, a core team has already been recruited and an advisory group set up that includes members of the National Olympic Committee, national and municipal governments, HRH Crown Prince Haakon and a team of young representatives.

The Coordination Commission visited all the venues that will be used to host the seven sports on the Youth Olympic Programme. The majority of the venues that will be used in 2016 were built for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, thereby extending the legacies of those Games. One of the few venues to be built from scratch for the 2016 YOG will be the Youth Olympic Village (YOV), which will house the athletes and be the site of all the Culture and Education Programme activities. The YOV will be used afterwards as student housing for both the Lillehammer University College and the Norwegian College of Elite Sport, with construction beginning in the summer of 2013.

Commission Chair Ruggiero said: “We are very impressed with the work already completed in such a short time. LYOGOC is leveraging the foundations of Lillehammer 1994 while gathering knowledge from the hosts of the first Winter YOG, Innsbruck 2012. We have full belief in Lillehammer to not only deliver a successful Games, but also leave a legacy for youth sport development long after the Games have concluded.”

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Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Village targets lasting legacy

February 26 - Lillehammer 2016 promises its Winter Youth Olympic
Village will act as a catalyst for future development in Norwegian
sport and is set to leave a lasting legacy as one of the strongest
development regions in Northern Europe.


The Norwegian
city assures a strong legacy will result from its future Olympic Village
- one of the few venues to be built from scratch ahead of the Games -
which will provide the region with 360 student housing units for the
Lillehammer University College and the Norwegian College of Elite Sport,
claimed Magnus Sverdrup, head of project management at Lillehammer
2016, here today.

"The 2016 Youth Olympic Village will be part
of a 10-year plan and will be the engine and tool to identify and
develop talent in Norwegian sport," said Sverdrup.

"The Youth Olympic Village represents infrastructure that creates further development in terms of sport and education.

"It will help us find our future athletes, coaches and our future Olympians."

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full article

http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/youth-olympics/2016/1013083-lillehammer-2016-youth-olympic-village-targets-lasting-legacy

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Design students to create the “Look” of Lillehammer 2016

08/05/2013

The second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016 may still be a few years away, but for 24 Norwegian students, the Games are on.

Demonstrating the true YOG spirit, the students from the local Gjøvik University College have been asked to imagine the emblem and overall “look” of Lillehammer 2016.

And the clock is ticking! These young designers will have to present their final ideas in front of a jury in mid-June. Three projects will then be shortlisted for presentation to the Board of Directors of Lillehammer’s Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (LYOGOC), after which one project will be selected for review and final approval by the International Olympic Committee.



“Being an event for, with and by young people, we knew we wanted to give this design project to young people, and we are delighted that Gjøvik University College accepted our challenge,” commented Atle Roll-Matthiesen, CEO of LYOGOC. “A vital part of the YOG is about learning, and Lillehammer 2016 offers the design students a prestigious project that we are certain all of them will grow from, no matter who will be designing the final suggestion.”

Talking about the project, one student exclaimed: “It is great fun and really motivating that they are trusting us with this important task for them. This is very exciting!”

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PRESS RELEASE

Atle Roll-Matthiesen to leave the Youth Olympic Games
Today an agreement was made between the board of directors of the organising committee for the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016 and Atle Roll Matthiesen, by which Mr Roll-Matthiesen is leaving his position as the CEO.
– The board is grateful to Atle Roll-Matthiesen for his efforts as the CEO for the Youth Olympic Games since he started last summer, Chair and President of the board of directors, Ms Siri Hatlen, says.
The board has decided to appoint Mr Tomas Holmestad as acting CEO starting on 11.07.2013. Holmestad has until now held the position as CFO in the organising committee.
– Tomas Holmestad knows the organisation well, and the board is confident that he will be the right person to carry on the work in the organising committee in the best way, Hatlen emphasizes.
Chair and President Siri Hatlen also informs that the progress towards the games in 2016 will continue according to schedule, with a solid cooperation both with national and international partners. In the month of August 2013, the board intends to initiate a process aiming at hiring a new CEO of LYOGOC.
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Lillehammer 2016 Winter YOG set to open 22 years after historic Olympic Winter Games

27/09/2013

On 12 February 2016, all eyes will turn to Lillehammer for the Opening Ceremony of the second Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG). This revised date, which replaces the originally proposed date of 26 February, will not only launch 10 days of sporting action and engaging cultural activities, but it will be exactly 22 years since the Olympic flame was lit in the same Norwegian city in 1994 for the Olympic Winter Games.

“We are looking forward to creating Olympic experiences for a whole new generation”, commented the Acting CEO of the Lillehammer 2016 Organising Committee, Tomas Holmestad. “Nothing pleases us more than the symbolism that comes with the fact of having Lillehammer 2016’s Opening Ceremony on 12 February, exactly 22 years after the last Olympic Opening Ceremony in Lillehammer.”

The Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games will take place from 12 to 21 February 2016. So whether you’re an Olympic fan, an aspiring young athlete or a keen volunteer, make a note in your diaries! See you there!

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Exciting new events added to Lillehammer 2016 programme

15/10/2013

The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) set to take place in Lillehammer in 2016 has just got cooler with the addition of eight new high adrenaline events making their debut on the YOG programme.

One event sure to get the crowd going is snowboard cross - a fast-paced event that will see four snowboarders at a time race to the finish line while navigating a series of drops, jumps and turns.

Another crowd-pleaser to join the programme is ski slopestyle, a freestyle event held in a terrain park in which athletes ski the same jumps, rails and boxes showcasing their own unique tricks and aerial manoeuvres. Check out this video with YOG athlete Kai Mahler for the full low-down:

Further highlights include an exhilarating monobob race event, replacing the two-person bobsleigh event, as well as two YOG exclusives: a speed skating mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) team sprint that will bring together athletes from different countries, and a Nordic team event that will mix genders and include ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon and Nordic combined.

The remaining events to be added are cross-country cross and a team ski snowboard cross event! We can’t wait to watch all the action! What are you most excited to see? Tell us on our Facebook page:www.facebook.com/youtholympicgames

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Four young designers from the University College of Gjøvik in Norway were given the mission to create Lillehammer 2016’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG) emblem, which was unveiled this week.

The four students from the university’s Media Design programme, Marianne Ågotnes, Anja Rullestad, Marte Stensrud and Live Andrea Sulheim, rose to the challenge by designing a clear, neat and subtle emblem that embodies Norwegian ideals.

Proud and full of enthusiasm, one of the young designers said: “I don’t think many students have started their working careers with Olympic deliveries”.

The launch of this emblem is the first step by the Lillehammer 2016 YOG Organising Committee towards revealing the visual identity of the next Winter Youth Olympic Games. As the CEO of Lillehammer 2016, Tomas Holmestad commented: “There is also great interest in how the total visual profile for the Games will be […]. This will be launched during the coming winter, and is also based on a suggestion from the same talented students.”

Stay tuned to see what’s next from Lillehammer 2016!

http://www.olympic.org/news/lillehammer-2016-launches-new-emblem/217194

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