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So now it's just one day to go to the Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Post what's on your mind. It would also be nice to see a few photos and videos here...

I don't know much about it yet apart from being held on 5:30 PM by 13 January and being sold out (since there aren't any tickets available for it: http://www.oeticket....543/event.html?)

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From the Spectator Guide :

Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Date : 13 January 2012

Venue : Bergisel Stadium, Innsbruck

Doors open 16:00 for the audience

Pre-show start 17:30

Ceremony start 18:30

Ceremony finish 20:00

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/youth-olympics/2012/15471-there-will-be-no-gigantism-at-our-opening-ceremony-reveals-innsbruck-2012

There will be no gigantism at our Opening Ceremony, reveals Innsbruck 2012

Thursday, 12 January 2012

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By Tom Degun in Innsbruck

Bergisel Stadium_lit_upJanuary 12 - Gerhard Lanz, Innsbruck 2012's head of events and Ceremonies, has revealed that the Opening Ceremony for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games here tomorrow will be "cosy rather than spectacular" with organisers having made a decision to keep the event relatively low key.

At the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010, the competition got underway in some style as the Opening Ceremony featuring an extravagant firework display on the world's largest floating stage in Marina Bay.

But Lanz said that the Opening Ceremony in Innsbruck, which will take place at the Bergisel Stadium, will not be looking to compete with Singapore in terms of size and scale, although he predicted that it will still be able to thrill everyone in attendance with its core focus on youth.

"There will be no gigantism at our Opening Ceremony," Lanz said.

"The key focus will be on youth and Innsbruck's intimate family values.

"It will be cosy rather than spectacular.

"One of differences between this and other Opening Ceremonies is that the vast majority of the people on stage will be either volunteers or local school children.

"Very few will be employed, like the local dancers.

"But there will be a lot of people involved and from the security, to the dancers, to the people organising transport to the event, there will be about 1,300 people actively involved in staging this."

The Bergisel Stadium, which lies on the hill to the south of Innsbruck and is famous for a battle in 1809 involving Napoleon, was originally built for the 1964 Winter Olympics to replace an older, smaller ramp.

It was also used for the 1976 Winter Olympics.

A new ramp was opened in 2003, designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, who is also behind the Aquatics Centre built for London 2012, as the old one no longer conformed to contemporary requirements of ski jumping.

Peter Bayer (pictured right with Innsbruck 2012 mascot Yoggl), chief executive of Innsbruck 2012, would not reveal how much the Ceremony has cost but indicated that there had not been a huge amount of money spent on it as there has been with those in the past.

"I don't really want to mention any numbers or the amount of money we have spent because we don't want get in the ring with the multi-millionaires," said Bayer.

"This Ceremony is just about seeing it and enjoying it and I'm sure everyone will."

Lanz said he was satisfied with the amount of money allocated for the Ceremonies although he admitted that he would always want more than the budget given to him.

"As the head of events and Ceremonies, the budget is never enough," he said.

"I could spend 1,000 per cent more than I was given but we are very happy with what we have come up with.

"The young athletes will be very involved and this is a Ceremony for them."

The event at the Bergisel Stadium will see a sell-out crowd of 15,000 in attendance to cheer on the 1,100 athletes at the event, aged between 14 and 18.

The competition runs from January 13 to 22 and Bayer claimed that 75,000 of the 80,000 tickets have now been sold.

"The ticket sales show great enthusiasm for our event but I want to emphasise that all of the events held in the open-air competition venues will be open to the public for free and will not require a ticket," he said.

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IOC & Innsbruck 2012 websites...

It's two hours to go to the Opening Ceremony and I haven't found any livestream yet. Are you sure about this?

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It's two hours to go to the Opening Ceremony and I haven't found any livestream yet. Are you sure about this?

No... but it has been like that for Singapour 2010... and for example, the lighting of the Innsbruck Olympic flame was live on the official website... so why not the Opening Ceremony ?????

If not it will be a shame for IOC and a poor start for those games :(

Later, video on demand will be here : http://youtube.com/innsbruck2012

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:( I FOUND THIS:The opening ceremony can be watched in ORF 3 + live stream ORF - but only in Austria. There is unfortunately no live coverage on TV but there will be a couple of videos on your homage www.innsbruck2012.com and at our youtube channel :) you can also follow us on Twitter where reportes tiwtter live from the events - so that you never miss important information!

so no live streaming outside austria and not in tv :( :( :(

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Any English live stream?

@SwissO are you sure IOC/Innsbruck2012 website will show it.

No, i'm not sure... i was expected it !!! But apparently it has been denied on their official facebook page that it will be possible to watch it outside Austria !

So disapointed for an event that is supposed to belong to the world humanity !!!! :(:angry:

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Annoucement in french, english & german !!!

Now Austrian hymn... a capella by a female singer from innsbruck !

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Videos of the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, plus a singer singing in a look like 60's "1964, We want more, We want more...."

Nice piece !

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No... but it has been like that for Singapour 2010... and for example, the lighting of the Innsbruck Olympic flame was live on the official website... so why not the Opening Ceremony ?????

If not it will be a shame for IOC and a poor start for those games :(

I very much agree with you. Does very little to spread the olympic message if no one can see or hear that message. :(

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