One day to Lillehammer!

The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games commences in Lillehammer tomorrow with action in curling and ice hockey commencing the 70 event, ten day competition, a showcase for the world’s greatest youth athletes in snow and ice disciplines.

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Ice climbing will be present at the event, selected as one of the sports to feature as part of the LYOGOC (Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee)’s Sjoggfest (snow festival). The Sjoggfest programme is designed to encourage visiting athletes and spectators to try out different sports under the guidance of experienced coaches and athletes. Two different activities will be offered: ‘Get Active’ which offers the chance for visitors to practice ice climbing; and ‘Showcase’ where top international athletes will provide live demonstrations of the sport.

“Our presence in Lillehammer is another crucial step on our path to ensuring that ice climbing becomes an official event at the Winter Olympic Games in 2022,” explains UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt. “The youth element is also significant. Ice climbing is enjoying a rapid rise in youth participation and only last week in Italy, the UIAA organized the World Youth Championships where over 60 athletes from 12 countries participated.”

Some of the athletes who participated in the recently concluded 2016 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour and the UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships will be present in Lillehammer to showcase their skills and the sport.

Top international athletes will demonstrate their prowess

The attending athletes include Baptiste Obino and Tristan Ladevant (France); Mohammedjaved Ghani Rayeni and Hadis Nazari Robati (Iran); Marina Prazdnikova and Nikita Proshchenko (Russia); Lukas Goetz, Sina Goetz and Yannick Glatthard (Switzerland) and Liam Foster, Nathan Parker and Georgia Witchel (United States). Coaches from these five countries will also be present.

The ice climbing wall is located at the Tyrili Climbing Centre in the centre of Lillehammer. Activities will begin on 12 February and the wall open to the public from 12-21 February, between 12:00-20:00 each day. The full schedule is available here.

The UIAA will share video action and news from the ice climbing showcase on its Facebook page.

Further details: http://www.iceclimbingworldcup.org/lillehammer2016.html

Follow the action

For the first time at the Winter YOG, live coverage will be available through the IOC’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/Olympics, along with daily on-demand coverage of the sporting action and the festivals happening around Lillehammer, showcasing some of the biggest names in music, arts and culture.

For fans in Norway, there will be daily live coverage and highlights on NRK, along with a one-hour magazine show produced by local media students which will be featured on www.lillehammer2016.no

You don’t have to be in Norway to catch all the action as broadcasters around the world will also be showing the young athletes’ achievements from the second Winter YOG.