Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games

A lot of bests have been seen over the last 11 days here in snowy Norway.

The young Organising Committee has been superb, the volunteers numerous, efficient and helpful, the transport service straightforward, the Wi-Fi flawless. And the sport, while lacking the drama and intensity of an Olympics proper, has been exciting and good to watch, blending the innovative monobob and cross-country cross with older and more established disciplines.

To a far greater extent than at Sochi 2014, and more so than we are likely to see in Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, there was fresh and natural snow at every venue, evoking a true winter sporting vibe. Crowds have been good for the most part, with a total attendance of 214,000, while thousands have flocked to the daily concerts and cultural events in Sjogg Park, one of the real successes of these Games. …

So where does this leave the future of the Youth Olympics now four editions have been and gone?

Has Lillehammer 2016 saved the Youth Olympic Games?

I was a doubter when IOC launched the YOG. But – much to my surprise – I’ve been impressed. I hope they are continued.

Some disagree. Click through to that article if you want to read about the controversy.

Thomas Bach Opening YOG

Click PLAY or watch a wrap-up video on YouTube.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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