YOG emblem launches athletes back in time

Just as Innsbruck launches its 2012 Youth Olympic Games emblem, current and past Olympic athletes reflect on how much the YOG could have helped them in their career.

Medal-winning Alpine skier and current sports commentator Frank Wörndl remembers his very first turn at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, and how competing at the Games is also a mental game.

“An athlete should stay in the Olympic Games even if he has no chance at a medal because he can learn how to organise himself when he's in a situation to win a medal.”

Wörndl said the YOG would give young athletes a chance to prepare themselves mentally if they chose to take the next step up to the Olympic Games.

Vancouver Games ski jumping competitor, 25-year-old Austrian Andreas Kofler, was named ambassador of the Innsbruck YOG during the emblem launch.

“In my youth I wasn't the best sportsman, and it could have given me some motivation,” Kofler said about competing had the YOG existed when he was younger.

Double Olympic gold medal winner and member of the IOC Coordination Commission for Innsbruck 2012 Pernilla Wiberg recalls her trip as a 15-year-old to the World Skiing Youth Championships and how it left a memorable imprint in her life.

“That was amazing, but if I had the chance to go to the Youth Olympic Games - wow - that would have been the biggest goal for me.”

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter.

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