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22 Romanian athletes at Youth Olympic Games

Romania will be represented by 22 athletes, 9 coaches and 4 officials at the first edition of the Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Agerpres informs. The competition starts today and will last until January 22.  The Romanian delegation consists of athletes with ages ranging from 14 to 18 years, who will compete in 9 of the 15 Olympic events: ski jumping, alpine skiing, speed skating, biathlon, sleigh, ice hockey, cross-country skiing, skeleton and bobsleigh.

Alina Rotaru (18) will go to Innsbruck as Romania’s Young Ambassador at the Youth Olympic Games.

1,059 athletes from 70 countries will take part in the competition that has a budget of EUR 23.7 M. The competition’s opening ceremony is scheduled on Friday in Bergisel, the famous take-off ramp for ski jumping. 372 medals will be awarded in 63 events. The sports centres will be located in the capital of Austrian Tyrol as well as in neighboring resorts Seefeld and Kuehtai.

2,012 Torchbearers are accompanying the Youth Olympic Flame on its way across Austria since it was lit in Athens on 17 December 2011, according to the official website of the competition innsbruck2012.com. The Youth Olympic Torch Relay left Innsbruck on 27 December 2011 and arrives in Bergisel Stadium 18 days later, on 13 January 2012, for the Opening Ceremony.

14 innovative new events will be staged, including a mixed-discipline event (Cross County/Biathlon), mixed-gender events and mixed-nation events.

The Youth Olympic Village consists of 13 newly constructed buildings featuring 444 flats and more than 1,500 beds. 12 venues will provide perfect conditions for both athletes and fans. 1,400 Volunteers from more than 50 nations are working in 17 different Functional Areas.

This is the third time Innsbruck, a paradise for winter sports, welcomes the Olympic Family. No other city has ever had this honour, the official website of the competition notes.

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