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Winter Youth Olympic Games
Saturday November 26, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

The first winter Olympics for young people takes place in Innsbruck in Austria next January. More than 1,000 competitors aged 14-19 from 60 countries will be taking part. PlanetSKI will be there too.

The countdown is on to the first Winter Youth Olympic Games that takes place from 13th - 22nd January 2012 in Innsbruck.

The city will become the first one to stage an Olympic Games for a third time. It held the main Winter Games in 1964 and 1976.

It won the contest to hold The Games by the largest majority in the history of the International Olympic Committee; 85 votes to 14.

Innsbruck beat bids from Harbin, Kuopia and Lillehammer.

The aim for the Youth Olympics is to introduce young athletes to the Olympic spirit and to provide them with a public arena to compete.

SeefeldSeefeldPlanetSKI was in Innsbruck last year to see what The Games were all about and to try our hand at some of the events too; curling, bob sleigh, cross country skiing but, fortunately for our reporter, not ski jumping.

For another of our reports see here. 

This year PlanetSKI reporter, Katy Dartford, will be in Innsbruck to report back of The Youth Olympic Games, so do keep an eye out for her articles next January.

There will be 63 competitions in 15 disciplines - from biathlon and bobsleigh to downhill skiing and ice hockey.

The Youth Olympic Games will also be holding events that are new to the Olympics and ones that will be seen at Sochi in 2014: Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe, Snowboard Slopestyle and Women's Ski Jumping.

If you are interested in going then tickets are free.

Outdoor venues do not require a ticket, but registration for indoor venues can be made at

All the competition venues are easily accessible for those staying in Innsbruck, Seefeld and Kühtai and neighbouring resorts.

On the Patscherkofel mountain the Alpine Skiing events take place; Super G, Combined Event and the Slalom. In Kühtai the Ski Cross competition is held and in Seefeld the Nordic and Ski Jumping events will take place.

One of the requirements from the International Olympic Association was that no new sports venues should be built so many of the existing facilities from the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics will be re-used.














One of our PlanetSKI partners, Inghams, offers holidays to the ski resort of Kuhtai. 7 nights accommodation at the Chalet Hotel Elisabeth costs from £539 per person. It includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Departs 14th January 2012. See here for further details - or contact Inghams on 0208 780 4447.














Alternatively the Innsbruck Tourist Board can help.

It has a YOG package, with 3 nights' accommodation on B&B in Innsbruck from €499 per person, including tickets for three Olympic events, one day ski pass, Innsbruck sightseeing and night sledging. They can be contacted here or on + 43 512 56 2000

For more information about The Games then see

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