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12th EYOF Utrecht 2013 - European Youth Olympic Festival

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14-19 July, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Official website:

http://utrecht2013.com

Programme:

http://utrecht2013.com/en/program/

Sports:

Athletics http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/athletics/

Basketball http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/basketball/

Cycling http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/cycling/

Gymnastics http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/gymnastics/

Handball http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/handball/

Judo http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/judo/

Swimming http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/swimming/

Tennis http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/tennis/

Volleyball http://utrecht2013.com/en/sporten/volleyball/

Locations:
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1.HET LINT | CYCLING
2.TRADE FAIR UTRECHT | HANDBALL, VOLLEYBALL, JUDO
3.SPORTS CENTRE GALGENWAARD | GYMNASTICS
4.ATHLETICS CENTRE MAARSCHALKERWEERD
5.TENNIS PARK DEN HOMMEL
6.SWIMMING POOL DE KROMMERIJN
7.SPORTS CENTRE OLYMPOS | BASKETBALL
8.OLYMPIC VILLAGE II – UNIVERSITY COLLEGE UTRECHT
9.OLYMPIC VILLAGE I – UTRECHT SCIENCE PARK (DE UITHOF)

Tickets:

http://utrecht2013.com/en/tickets/

Ticketsales start 6th of May

Mascot:

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Torch Relay:

-30th of May torch ignition in Greece

-11-14th of July torch relay through the city and province of Utrecht

-The Flame will be carried in the official torch of the Olympic Games of London 2012

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Reusing London's torch. That's interesting! I used to think all olympic symbols were restricted to its respective game/city/year by charter and things like mascot costumes had to be dismantled.

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Very simple. A huge contrast to the huge/expensive ceremony Trabzom (Turkey) did in 2011. Then again this is supossed to be a simple event and it would be silly to spend huge sums of money on it :P

Also it wouldn't be a dutch ceremony if there weren't DJ's :lol:



PS: Wasn't the EYOF the precursors of the YOG? (the first edition was in Brussels, and I think Rooge was president of the belgian olympic comittee back then).

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I liked the speech of Rogge and the music section after the Olympic Oath.
They didn't use the London torch at all? The tribute to Anton Geesink was nice.

The EYOF ends this Friday. I have tickets to the handball finals.

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^^ Thats great :) you should try taking some pics and show us when you have time, Martijn.

Btw, despite that half assed torch I liked the tribute to Geesink with his son lightning the cauldron. The music section is not bad as well.

Also I think this is the last time we see Rooge doing a speech in an Olympic event (excluding the upcoming IOC Session)

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^^ The video's broken so i'm reposting it again for you

I'm kinda curious why all the speeches were in english rather than dutch (Does the majority of people in Netherlands know the language?)

Also a vid of the athletics events

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I'm kinda curious why all the speeches were in english rather than dutch (Does the majority of people in Netherlands know the language?)
English is compulsery in secondary education. [age 12-16/17]
Nowedays with tv and internet most of the youth speak English very well.
Besides English, I also learnt German and a little bit French in school.
[The Netherlands is a small country which is highly dependent on foreign trade. Therefore is learning foreign languages so important]
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Yesterday was the final day of EYOF2013.

SUCCESSFUL EYOF UTRECHT 2013 OFFICIALLY CLOSED
19 July 2013, 23:00

The Olympic Flame was officially extinguished tonight in Utrecht by Tournament Director Pieter van den Hoogenband and CEO Henny Smorenburg. This marked the end of the twelfth edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival. The Organising Committee is very pleased with what has been five sunny days in Utrecht. The week saw many athletic highlights and 40,000 spectators. Mayor Mr. Aleid Wolfsen handed over the EOC Flag to his counterpart from Tblisi, Mr. George Ugulava. In two years time the next edition will be held in his city. EOC President Mr. Patrick Hickey thanked everyone for what he called a ‘fabulous event’.

More than 40,000 visitors
The number of visitors exceeded the expectations of the Organising Committee. During the last two days the stands were full at most venues. According to first estimates – a lot of tickets for the finals were sold on the last day – the matches and Opening Ceremony were attended by more than 40,000 people. This doesn’t include the people watching the cycling races among Het Lint racing track on Tuesday and Thursday. The count also excludes all the athletes that came to support their team mates in other events.

Medal Tally
After the closing the Olympic event Russia leads the medal tally with 56 medals (30 gold). Especially in the swimming tournament this team seemed unbeatable: they won all the relay events. Russia was followed by Great-Britain and France, both with nine gold medals. The Netherlands ended on the seventh place, with a total of twenty medals, of which four gold: Lisa Müllenberg (judo), Amber Gersjes (judo), Hilde Jager (judo) and Tasa Jiya (athletics).

690 medal winners
During five days 690 medals were awarded among the 2,300 talented young athletes from 49 European countries. They competed in nine Olympic disciplines at seven different locations in the city Utrecht.

The results below are not yet final and subject to change.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russian Federation 30 14 12 56
Great Britain 9 14 8 31
France 9 6 7 22
Hungary 8 3 3 14
Italy 7 3 11 21
Germany 5 8 3 16
Netherlands 4 7 9 20
Turkey 4 2 7 13
Poland 4 2 1 7
Slovenia 4 0 8 12

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Some pictures of the handball finals which I've visited yesterday:

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Venue Jaarbeurs. One of the largest convention centers in The Netherlands. During the EYOF the handball, volleyball and judo tournaments were held here.

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Court 1

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Germany - Austria

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Bronze medal match girls. (Netherlands - Germany)

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Medal ceremony.

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Gold medal winners: Slovenia

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Boys; 1. Slovenia 2. Norway 3. Sweden

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Girls; 1. Denmark 2. Russia 3. Germany

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