TRAVEL GAZETTE – Norway is hosting the Youth Olympic Games in 2016, taking place in Lillehammer from February 12th to 21st.
Over the course of ten days, 1,100 young athletes from all over the world will compete in the 15 Olympic winter disciplines.
Even though it is a professional competition, there is an emphasis on culture and education. New this year is an innovative sustainable twist to the opening ceremony.
On December 1st, the Olympic flame was lit as per tradition in Greece at a ceremony conducted by the Hellenic Olympic Committee.
From Greece, the flame travelled to Norway, where it will proceed on a torch tour around the whole country before ending at the opening ceremony in Lillehammer on February 12th, 2016.
Here, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra will light the Olympic fire – just like her father did at the Winter Olympic Games in 1994 in Lillehammer.
“Norway has a long and proud tradition within winter sports and attracts a high number of European ski tourists every year, coming here for alpine or cross-country skiing. Therefore we are very much looking forward to hosting the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016 and hope the games will inspire even more people to go skiing in Norway,” explains Per-Arne Tuftin, Tourism Director of Visit Norway.