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Slovakian twins targeting golden return in canoe slalom at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

April 30th, 2014

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Youth Olympic flame burns brightly for Nanjing 2014

April 30th, 2014

Following Olympic tradition, the Youth Olympic flame was lit by the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror, with a priestess from the Temple of Hera passing on the torch to the first relay runner in Athens’ ancient stadium – the home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.  Four young athletes from Greece and China then performed a mini torch relay within the Stadium before igniting the Virtual Torch Relay which can be downloaded at www.nanjing2014.org.

Attending the ceremony, along with IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge, were Chinese Olympic Committee Chairman Liu Peng, Mayor of Nanjing and NYOGOC Vice-President Miao Ruilin, Chairman of the Nanjing 2014 IOC Coordination Commission Alexander Popov and President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos.

“Today’s Lighting Ceremony marks the symbolic start of these Games. We hope it will inspire people to get active and to embrace the Olympic values”, IOC Honorary President Rogge said at the ceremony.  “Let the Youth Olympic Flame now carry the passion and dreams of the young people to every corner of the globe before settling in Nanjing in August.”

The flame will now start its virtual journey, stopping at 258 online locations including the 204 nations and regions that will participate in Nanjing 2014.  The app has may features to engage and inspire fans to get active and learn more about the Olympic values, as well as lots of fun games and activities. This new way of passing on the Youth Olympic flame aims to spread the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect to young people around the world regardless of language, time zone or geographical location.

After this 98-day digital journey, the Youth Olympic flame will arrive in Nanjing for a short physical torch relay before marking the start of the Games on 16 August.

Watch here the Nanjing 2014 flame lighting ceremony

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Germany, the birthplace of Olympic canoeing, also dominates the medal table

April 29th, 2014

‘It’s time to focus on work and engagement,’ says Rio 2016 Organising Committee

April 29th, 2014

Canoe special: Rio 2016 to be historic event for sport

April 29th, 2014

Slovenian shooting legend aims for ninth Olympic appearance at Rio 2016 Games

April 26th, 2014

Patrick Murphy to make a splash at the Youth Olympic Games

April 22nd, 2014

Representing all 28 sports  on the Olympic programme, the ARMs will also take part in workshops and educational activities with the young athletes, covering topics such as anti-doping, nutrition, environmental protection, injury prevention, and irregular and illegal betting, to name a few.

Patrick made his Olympic debut at just 20 years old in Athens, competing in the 200m backstroke. A key member of the Australian relay team, Patrick was pivotal in both the 4x-100m and 4x200m freestyle relay events at the Beijing Games; a bronze medallist on both occasions.

Patrick’s achievements in the pool have also earned him a recent election into the FINA Athletes Committee.

 

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Tender process launched for Deodoro Olympic Park, Rio 2016’s second largest venue cluster

April 17th, 2014

Tickets for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games now on sale!

April 16th, 2014

As athletes continue to qualify, and with the games just 122 days away; the state of the art venues are ready to welcome fans from far and wide.

To encourage young fans from all over the world, Nanjing have made their tickets affordable and even offer a family ticket to help inspire future YOGgies through the sport, culture and educational activities that will be on offer.

Whatever your favourite sport is, visit the Nanjing ticketing site today http://tickets.nanjing2014.org/

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For ticket payments, Visa is the preferred card accepted at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in recognition of Visa’s longstanding support of the Olympic Games. Those that do not have a Visa card are encouraged to visit www.visa.com

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Moose, Weasel or Lynx? – Lillehammer 2016 Mascot finalists announced

April 16th, 2014

 The jury consisted of Simen Staalnacke, one of the founders of a Norwegian clothing line, Julie Strømsvåg, sports anchor of Norwegian Olympic Broadcaster TV2, Paralympic athlete Birgit Skarstein and design student, Marianne Ågotnes.

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 “I am really looking forward to see the mascot whizz down the half pipe during the YOG,” says an enthusiastic Staalnacke – and so are we!  

Keep an eye on our Lillehammer 2016 Facebook page for updates on how to vote.

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