Decorated Medallists Adorn List of Athlete Role Models for Innsbruck 2012

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the list of Innsbruck 2012 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games taking place from 13 to 22 January in Innsbruck, Austria.

Decorated medallists like Vincent Defrasne adorn list of Athlete Role Models for Innsbruck 2012

Decorated medallists like Vincent Defrasne adorn list of Athlete Role Models for Innsbruck 2012

The International Federations have selected a fantastic collection of great athletes, who inspire not only on the field of play but off it as well

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the list of Innsbruck 2012 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games taking place from 13 to 22 January in Innsbruck, Austria.

The list features a number of star athletes nominated by the International Federations taking part in the Winter Youth Olympic Games and members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, led by Chairman and Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks, who will also be on hand in Innsbruck to mentor the roughly 1,000 young athletes taking part.

“The International Federations have selected a fantastic collection of great athletes, who inspire not only on the field of play but off it as well,” said Fredericks. “I am looking forward to joining them in Innsbruck next year, where I’m sure the young athletes will learn a great deal from them about what it takes to be at the top and how to live by the Olympic values.”

This will be the second time ARMs will take part in a Youth Olympic Games following their successful and well-received debut at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. The ARMs will spend time with the athletes, answering their questions and providing tips on everything from healthy eating to training regimens. The ARMs will also participate alongside the athletes in the Culture and Education Programme, which will focus on Olympism and the Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyles, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

The ARMs will attend the competitions, visit the Youth Olympic Village and feature in “Meet the Role Models” forums designed to inspire and educate the participants with personal accounts of their own dreams and experiences, and the challenges they have overcome. In addition, a dedicated Athlete Role Model lounge in the Youth Olympic Village will be available for the young athletes to drop in and ask questions first-hand to their icons.

At Innsbruck 2012, which will celebrate its 100-day countdown on 5 October, several new disciplines will be seen for the first time at an Olympic event, such as snowboard slopestype, ski half-pipe and ice hockey skills challenge. Also integrated into the sports programme for the first time is women’s ski jumping, the winner of which will be awarded the first Winter Youth Olympic Games medal.

The list of Athlete Role Models follows:

Nordic Combined - Samppa Lajunen - FIN

Cross Country - Petra Majdič - SLO

Alpine Skiing - Marco Büchel - LIE

Freestyle Ski - Shannon Bahrke Happe - USA

Snowboard - Nicola Thost - GER

Ski Jump - Andreas Küttel - SUI

Biathlon - Vincent Defrasne - FRA

Ice Hockey - Jennifer Botterill - CAN

Bobsleigh - Ivo Rüegg - SUI

Skeleton - Kerstin Szymkowiak - GER

Luge - Alexander Resch - GER

Figure Skating - Stéphane Lambiel - SUI

Speed Skating - Jeremy Wotherspoon - CAN

Curling - Eve Muirhead - GBR

             Ulrich Kapp - GER

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Frank Fredericks - NAM

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Claudia Bokel - GER

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Robert Balk - USA

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Charmaine Crooks - CAN

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Hicham El Guerrouj - MAR

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Barbara Kendall - NZL

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Dae Sung Moon - KOR

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Adam Pengilly - GBR

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Angela Ruggiero - USA

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Yumilka Ruiz Luaces - CUB

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Rebecca Scott - CAN

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Pedro Yang - GUA

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Peter Tallberg - FIN

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Sergey Bubka - UKR

IOC Athletes’ Commission - Rania Elwani - EGY

For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team:
Tel: +41 21 621 6000

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