12 Jan '12, 1am

Olympics: Youth Olympics get winter world premiere in Innsbruck

Olympics: Youth Olympics get winter world premiere in Innsbruck

INNSBRUCK, Austria: The eyes of the sporting world may be on London for this summer's Olympics, but Innsbruck will steal the show briefly on January 13-22, as it hosts the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games. Following Singapore's inaugural summer youth event in 2010, the Austrian ski resort will welcome Olympic Games for the third time in its history -- another first -- with over 1,000 athletes from around 70 countries taking part. More than a younger version of the Olympics -- all athletes are aged 14-18 -- the Youth Games (YOG) are also a chance for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to try out new disciplines and new experiences. All the sports featured in the senior Winter Olympics, from alpine skiing to curling and figure skating, will make an appearance but additionally, participants will compete in mixed-gender and mixed-nationality events. Ice hockey will...

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