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Skiing - 19. December 2008.

Innsbruck to host the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012

Following the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, Innsbruck (AUT) will be responsible for staging the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games. The competition schedule will be based on the seven sports included in the Vancouver 2010 program (biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing) with a limited number of disciplines and events.

Innsbruck beat Kuopio (FIN) in the vote by the IOC Members with 84 votes to 15 announced IOC President Jacques Rogge at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne last Friday. As a next step, a Coordination Commission will be designated by the IOC President to accompany Innsbruck throughout the three years of preparation.

The Youth Olympic Games are the flagship of the IOC's determination to reach out to young people. These Games are expected to serve as the platform through which youngsters will learn about the Olympic values and the benefits of sport, and share their experiences with other communities around the globe.

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