Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Olympic Committee today announced the list of Athlete Role Models for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games taking place from January 13-22, 2012, in Innsbruck, Austria. The list features a number of star athletes nominated by the International Federations taking part in the Winter YOG and members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, led by Chairman and Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks.
“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 Athlete Role Models will take part in a YOG following their successful and well-received debut at the inaugural Summer YOG in Singapore in 2010.
The role models will spend time with the 1,000 athletes expected to take part, answering their questions and providing tips on everything from healthy eating to training regimens. They will also participate alongside the athletes in the Culture and Education Programme. The IOC Athletes’ Commission representatives include David Moon Dae Sung from Korea.
For full list of Athlete Role Models, see www.olympic.org