November 8, 2016
Over the course of these two days, we have exposed our project, have learnt a lot and reflected on the Youth Olympic Games that we want for Lausanne, the Canton, Switzerland and the Olympic Movement in 2020. It has proved a fascinating and an extremely useful exercise.
A CoCom does not consist of an evaluation, but is rather a support and a source of advice. The IOC was put at the core of the Lausanne 2020 concept as it exists at the moment. This includes our work with Swiss sport and close collaboration with the schools from the Canton, the University of Lausanne (host of the first working day of the CoCom) and the EPFL. Our engagement with the IOC included a presentation of the project for the Olympic Village and visit of the proposed infrastructures for the “Learn & Share” programme. Also included was a presentation of the general concepts for the transportation system, security and sponsoring arrangements, as well as a visit of the Lausanne Hotel School, one of the future partners of the Games.
This rich programme has allowed us to build the foundations of a strong and determined relationship with the IOC to ensure that Lausanne 2020 can be a very special edition of the Games. By digging into Switzerland’s unique heritage and assets, we can model ourselves on the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect through education, culture, innovation and sport by organising a unique and unifying Youth Olympic Games that promotes a better world.
Lausanne 2020 wants, alongside the IOC, to lay the basis of a brilliant future for the Youth Olympic Games that are still in their infancy. As has been repeated now for more than 3 years, we want these Games to be a field of experimentation for the Olympic Games of tomorrow. The IOC wants to innovate, and what better place to do it than here, in its own backyard, in the heart of the Olympic Capital. The Youth Olympic Games provides a unique opportunity for our Canton and our country to show our capacity to innovate by being at the core of the construction of tomorrow’s major sporting event.
Together, building the Games of tomorrow. What an amazing ambition!
We will be in touch again soon to tell you about the continuation of our journey.
CEO, Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee
“Engaging fully with the 2020 generation”
Interview with Olivier Mutter, Head of the Lausanne 2020 project, University of Lausanne.
As the Head of the Lausanne 2020 project for the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and from your other occupations, you work on a daily basis for and with the youth. What connections can we make between the aspirations of today’s students and the Youth Olympic Games?
Olivier Mutter: The students come to the University of Lausanne to study, but also to eventually find a job, a challenge that is more and more difficult to overcome in today’s world. The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games will provide them with an extraordinary opportunity to develop their competences with a concrete and visible project. Additionally, the sport and festive dimensions of this event are definitely attractive for the students.
You have been part of the Lausanne 2020 delegation that attended the city-to-city debrief in which the last host of the Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer 2016, shared their experiences. Is there anything that you learnt that the University of Lausanne could and would like to implement for 2020?
Olivier Mutter: The main lesson we can take away from Lillehammer 2016 is that the committee gave its full confidence to the young leaders so that they can hold key positions in the organisations and lead it successfully. I think this is a statement we need to make: our youth must concretely feel the trust that the decision makers put in them. As a University, we can serve as a means to transmit this message to our students.
The University of Lausanne is a major partner for Lausanne 2020. Three years before the event, how is the collaboration currently being exploited?
Olivier Mutter: The University of Lausanne, together with the other schools and universities, wishes to fully engage with the 2020 generation. Composed of interested students and experts from the Campus, we believe we can fully participate in the preparation and the organisation of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games. We are currently working with our students and the EPFL to propose, for example, content for the education and cultural dimensions that will be part of the athletes’ and spectators’ experience during the Games.
How is the collaboration between the EPFL and the Youth Olympic Games structured?
Olivier Mutter: The management from UNIL and the EPFL are fully involved in this project, which is placed under the supervision of Benoît Frund, vice-rector of UNIL and Etienne Marclay, Vice-President of EPFL. On the operational level, we work on a daily basis with my colleague Pascal Vuilliomenet to support the emerging projects.
To conclude, what general opportunity does the Lausanne 2020 project constitute for the University of Lausanne and its campus?
Olivier Mutter: The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games are a unique opportunity to consolidate the position of the University of Lausanne, and more specifically its Institute for Sport Sciences (ISSUL), as a leader for teaching and research in sport in Europe and throughout the world. Also, the Vortex building – which will host the Olympic Village on the campus with more than 1'700 beds – will leave a truly sustainable legacy for our campus.
Photo: Olivier Mutter, Head of the Lausanne 2020 project, University of Lausanne
“I discovered a young, vibrant and innovative Lausanne”
Interview with Danka Bartekova, IOC Member and President of the Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020.
As an IOC Member, you are used to come and stay in Lausanne. But this time, through the eyes of Lausanne 2020, did you have a chance to experience a bit of ‘Lausanne like never before’?
Danka Bartekova: The truth is that due to my tight schedule, I generally only experience the airport, hotel and the IOC offices when I come to Lausanne. This time was different and I am happy that I was able to explore Lausanne from a different angle: a youthful, vibrant and innovative one. It was particularly great to visit the University of Lausanne where all the meetings took place and experience student life for a brief moment again. There is so much more to come in the next few years and I look forward to continuing to get to know the City of Lausanne from a new perspective.
As part of its debrief here in Lausanne, Lillehammer 2016 shared its experience as the former host of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. What is the one learning point you think Lausanne 2020 should take from it?
Danka Bartekova: I was in Lillehammer during the Games and it was such a great atmosphere there! I think the most important success factor was the involvement of the youth in the organising process of the event. Most of the team members were under 30, and young people were involved in practically all stages of the decision-making process. Because of this, Lillehammer gave their young people an experience of a lifetime and at the same time gave the Games a youthful and innovative touch.
The Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee had prepared a rich agenda for you to discover as much as possible of its plans for 2020. What caught your attention the most?
Danka Bartekova: I have to say I am very impressed with the amount of work done so far. The Organising Committee really shares the IOC’s passion for sports and culture alongside education, and want to bring a new, innovative approach to the YOG. Lausanne is a perfect place to organise the Games - with the IOC and many sports organisations having their headquarters here. The fact that all of Lausanne’s Universities are willing to be involved and bring their knowledge and services to the project is a huge benefit and, when combined with the City’s use of existing high-quality venues and creation of an amazing legacy with the Youth Olympic Village, will help to ensure the delivery of a truly memorable Games.
Based on what you have seen and experienced over this two-day meeting, what are the key challenges that await Lausanne 2020?
Danka Bartekova: For the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee, now is the time to fine tune the strategic vision and mission of the Games, make final decisions on the sports programme and set clear goals for the months and years to come. The team has brought so many amazing ideas to the table! Now it is the time to evaluate them, select the best ones and focus on how to implement them.
What advice would you give to the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee?
Danka Bartekova: I think the only advice I could give to the team is to always keep in mind the target audience – young people. Everything they will do, and all the decisions they will take, should have the YOG DNA! That's what will make the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne an unforgettable and amazing celebration of sport, culture and education – if it is for the youth, and by the youth.
Photo: Danka Bartekova, IOC Member and President of the Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020
September 21, 2016
Youth and Athletes Councils Sessions
The members of the Youth and Athletes Councils met at the Maison du Sport International to discuss the “Learn & Share” activities that will be carried out during the Games. More specifically, the members of the Youth Council talked about the activities for the greater public on the local, regional, national and international levels. As for the members of the Athletes Council, they discussed the proposed animations for the young athletes participating in the Youth Olympic Games. This was a rich and fruitful session that gave the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee a better understanding of the expectations of the youth and provided a glimpse at the new trends coming our way!
October 5, 2016
Creating a buzz in the German speaking part of Switzerland
More than 30 Swiss German companies specialised in communications gathered in Zurich with the Lausanne 2020 team for a workshop. The objective of this meeting was to consider innovative ways to inform and to spread the message of the Youth Olympic Games in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Many ideas came out of this workshop which will be extremely useful for the development of Lausanne 2020 going forward.
October 10-12, 2016
Lausanne 2020 at the Smart Cities & Sport Summit
Lausanne 2020 participated in the Smart Cities & Sport Summit that took place at the IMD Business School in Lausanne. Over the course of the two-day conference, Lausanne 2020 had the opportunity to meet with several cities that place sport at the heart of their development strategy. Moreover, the rich and complete programme allowed the team to learn more about the role of cities in the promotion of sport to the population, the integration of communities through sport and how to use sport events as a branding tool for cities.
October 24-25, 2016
Lillehammer 2016 debriefs with Lausanne 2020
The Lillehammer 2016 Organising Committee shared its experience as the host of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. These proved to be very useful days that enabled Lausanne 2020 to learn from the strengths and weaknesses of their predecessors. This transfer of knowledge is an essential part of the development of the Lausanne 2020 project, which will make sure to follow the great pieces of advice given by Lillehammer 2016.
August 29, 2016
Before the Rio Games even started, the IOC took important decisions about the future of the Youth Olympic Games during its annual Session. The IOC members accepted to move forward with a Youth Olympic Games’ expansion strategy, which main objectives are to increase the quality of elite competitions as well as broadening the impact of Games on youth communities worldwide. The reaffirmation of these objectives is great news for Lausanne 2020 for whom one of the objectives is to create a platform for testing new innovative solutions for the future of the Olympic Games.
Rio 2016 has also given us the opportunity to feel the emotions of the Games and the enthusiasm they bring to all participants. Athletes, volunteers and spectators were all overwhelmed by the emotions that such an event can create. Witnessing the great passion people have for the Olympism is extremely motivating for me and for all the people involved in the organisation of Lausanne 2020.
An image that I’ve taken back with me from Rio is the athletes planting tree seeds during the opening ceremony. This is what the Games should also be about: showing that together, if we act responsibly, we can guarantee a healthier and better future for the next generations. The Olympic Values are at the core of this message: Respect for yourself, for others and for the environment. Friendship, between people from different cultures. And Excellence, by always giving our best in everything we do, regardless of our abilities.
With the Youth Olympic Games in 2020, we want to keep on carrying this message to the youth of Switzerland and the world. Our young people are our future and it is our duty to show them that by respecting these values, we will be able to build a better world.
For 2020, we should get inspired by the festive mind set of Brazilians to create an unforgettable event in our country. We want to show that in Switzerland, we are also able to get together and welcome the world in a joyful environment while promoting our know-how in terms of innovation and education and using our great sense of hospitality.
See you soon and… obrigado Rio!
CEO, Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee
From YOG to Rio 2016
Switzerland has proudly sent to Rio its biggest athletes’ delegation in the past 25 years. A total of 109 Swiss athletes were selected. This is the proof that Swiss sport is in good health. The other good news is that 10 of them previously took part in the Summer Youth Olympic Games, whether in Singapore 2010 or in Nanjing 2014.
Overall, no less than 500 athletes who had previously taken part in the Youth Olympic Games have participated in the Olympic Games in Rio, winning many medals. As a comparison, there were only 193 athletes at the London Olympic Games in 2012 that had previously participated in the YOG.
Those numbers show that the strategy of the IOC works and that the Youth Olympic Games are becoming more and more important. This will even be reinforced in the near future following the decisions made by the IOC concerning the further development of the Youth Olympic Games. One of the decisions made is to strengthen the competitive aspect of elite sport in the Youth Olympic Games making them even more relevant for the International Federations and the National Olympic committees. Another good news for the spectators is that they will be guaranteed to always see the very best athletes in their age category competing during the Youth Olympic Games.
Isabelle Bossi, Chef de Mission for the Youth Olympic Games declared: “For the young athletes, taking part in the Youth Olympic Games gives them a real taste of the Olympic Games which is extremely beneficial to build up their career. Having the capacity to handle the pressure of such a big international event cannot be taught, one has to live it to understand what it represents. In this context, taking part in the Youth Olympic Games is the ideal preparation for the Olympic Games.”
We are already looking forward to following the career path of the 48 athletes of the Swiss delegation that went to Lillehammer 2016 as they keep on working hard to fulfil their dream to take part in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in 2018… Hopp Schwyz! Allez la Suisse!
Interview: Sarah Hornung, Shooting
"A chance that every young athlete should try to embrace!"
Sarah Hornung is a young 20 years old Swiss athlete in shooting living in Bern. Throughout her young career, she has notably won the Gold medal at the 10m air rifle event at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014. She participated in the Olympic Games in Rio in the same category. She shares her experience as a former YOG athlete competing now amongst the elite in the senior category.
Sarah, how would you describe your first Olympic Games here in Rio?
It has been a fantastic experience even if I am a little bit disappointed with the result, my objective was to qualify for the final by being among the best eight, and then everything would have been possible. Unfortunately, during the competition, I have not been able to reach the same level that I had during the last practice sessions. I know that I am able to be better and it motivates for the future. I am grateful to have had the chance to take part in the Games, it will remain the highlight of my young career so far. I will do anything possible to compete again in four years and why not fighting for a medal. I look into the future and I can only see the positive from this extraordinary Olympic experience.
You had previously won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, how has this experience prepared you for the Olympic Games?
The Olympic Games are like no other competition, whether it is the Games in Rio or the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, nothing can really prepare you to such an atmosphere. That being said, taking part in the Youth Olympic Games helped me to get used, as much as it could, to such a big international event. It is not every day that we get the chance to represent our country with the media all over the place. In that way, the Youth Olympic Games helped me a lot to handle that pressure. I think that having the chance to participate in the Youth Olympic Games and to follow the educative program that is designed to help us cope with what surrounds elite sport competition is a chance that every young athlete should try to embrace.
Personally, if you should point out one lesson from the Youth Olympic Games, what would it be?
The whole experience at the Youth Olympic Games has been incredible for me, and even more because I won the gold medal. Generally speaking, I think that the Youth Olympic Games helped me grow as an athlete of course but also as a human being. For many athletes, the Youth Olympic Games is the first high level international competition. It is fascinating and very motivating, it makes us realise why we put so much effort every day to become always better in our sport.
Beyond all that, the Games bring emotions that are very difficult to explain and to describe without living them from the inside. Personally, I have caught the virus of the Games in Nanjing and I will keep fighting and giving my best every day to have the chance to experience those feelings as many times as possible during my career.
According to you, what impacts can have the Youth Olympic Games on sports in our country?
I think that the Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland will motivate the youth to be more active and to practice sport even more. Talking about my own experience, one of the strengths of the Olympic Games is to put not so popular sports in the spotlight. It is a chance for these sports to make a name for themselves and to get more attention from the media. Watching these competitions live or on TV can also motivate people to try new sports.
Generally speaking, the Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland should put sport back as a core priority at school and encourage the youth to get involved in clubs. I think that the Games will help boost sports in the whole country and not only in Lausanne. I have lived them from the inside and I can tell that the Youth Olympic Games will have an impact on a national level and will bring the people all together to celebrate sport.
What would be your advice to young athletes who will take part for the first time in the Olympic Games?
Enjoy every moment of it, the Games are exceptional. I wish every athlete to have the chance to experience it at least once in their careers. It is worth all the efforts to get there. The advice I could give them would be to believe in their dreams and to work as hard as possible to accomplish them. Mentally, I don’t think that we can be prepared to handle the pressure of representing our country at the Olympic Games, but one should try not to think about that and give everything not to have any regrets afterwards. Personally, I know that I still have a long way to go but I am highly motivated to work as hard as I can to come back even stronger in Tokyo in 4 years.
Euro 2016 - Lausanne was part of the celebrations in the Fan Zone in Ouchy
Lausanne 2020 was on site at the fan zone in Ouchy during the entire championships. If you had the chance to be there, you must have noticed the exciting promotional clip about the Youth Olympic Games that was aired before and after each matches, as well as during half-time. “See you in January 2020!”
August 12, 2016 - Rio
Let’s Chill in Rio
The city of Lausanne and the State of Vaud organised their now traditional reception at the House of Switzerland during the Games. As the Olympic Capital and the future host of the Youth Olympic Games, it was the opportunity for the city and the region to reinforce their relationship with the Olympic Movement and the international sports world. The delegation included among others the new Mayor of Lausanne Grégoire Junod, City Council Member Oscar Tosato, State Councillors Philippe Leuba and Pascal Broulis, the City’s Head of Sport Patrice Iseli, the State’s Head of Sports Nicolas Imhof, as well as the President of Lausanne 2020 and IOC member Patrick Baumann. Among the 325 guests, the delegation had the chance to welcome as special guests IOC President Thomas Bach and Swiss Federal Counsellor Guy Parmelin. It can be said that the Let’s Chill in Rio reception was a huge success.
August 24, 2016 - Prémanon (FRA)
Franco-Swiss working session!
In January 2020, Ski Jumping, Biathlon and Nordic Combined competitions will take place in nearby France, in Premanon, at the Tuffes stadium. Both sides of the border already have had a series of meetings in order to establish the international coordination which will be necessary to guarantee a smooth organization on two different territories. This last Wednesday, the French delegation was led by Mr. le Préfet du Jura Jacques Quastana. Around Lausanne 2020’s CEO Ian Logan, the Swiss delegation was made of representatives of the State of Vaud, Swiss Olympic and Swiss Ski.
August 25, 2016 - Lausanne
Lausanne 2020 at Athletissima 2016!
Lausanne 2020 has actively taken part in the 2016 edition of Athletissima, the annual Diamond League meet in the heart of the Olympic Capital. In order to promote the Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne 2020 presented its project to spectators and athletes alike. They all had the opportunity to hear the latest about the organising process. A game was also organised where the participants had to guess the location of the various 2020 competition sites to win a beautiful Lausanne 2020 snow hat!
June 30, 2016
Swiss Olympic intends to work together with the Youth Games Organising Committee in order to use this event to further promote the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence. Together with our national federations, sports clubs as well as schools, we will take full advantage of the organisation of these Games in our country.
We are living in an era where sport is often talked about negatively in the media. The Youth Olympic Games have thus become even more relevant, as they constitute an opportunity to transmit the positive values of sport to our youth. As leaders in sport we have to do everything we can to encourage the next generation to practice sport, to manage it and to promote it in the most ethical way.
On the sporting side, the Games could be a catalyst for our young talents looking to become the next generation of elite Swiss athletes. But the Games also constitute the opportunity to put sport back in the hearts of the youth, to encourage them to practice sport more often and, in general, to be more active.
We are happy to create, with the Lausanne 2020 team, a positive national vibe around the values of sport and Olympism in order to guarantee a strong development of sport in our country.
President, Swiss Olympic
Aline Danioth: “I am very grateful to the Youth Olympic Games”
Aline Danioth is one of Switzerland’s greatest talents in alpine skiing. Born in Andermatt in 1998, Aline has so many wins under belt that she is no longer counting her titles. Last February, she won no less than 4 medals at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, including two gold. A few days later, she was crowned junior World Champion in Alpine Combined, and as if it wasn’t enough, she won her first elite Swiss title in Giant Slalom, ahead of the experienced Wendy Holdener.
Aline, first of all, congratulations on your amazing season. In Lillehammer, how did you deal with this sudden Olympic fame?
It was very special. The Games have a very particular vibe that I had never experienced before. It is true that the media attention is quite important, and I was in high demand. But I learnt a lot through this experience! This is the purpose of the YOGs and for this, I am really grateful.
Looking back a few months, what impact do you think the Youth Games will have had on your career?
The Youth Games prepare us to handle many aspects that we will face in the future, should we decide to pursue a career in sport. This includes items such as experiencing the organisation of a big competition, it is a very special environment and we are at the heart of a delegation of more than 70 countries. The festive spirit around the event is quite special, but even more so are all the opportunities to meet athlete ambassadors, the stars who share their experience with us. Workshops on prevention against doping, against the dangers that we can encounter during our career, everything was so interesting. I am sad that I will not be able to participate as an athlete in Lausanne!
How do you think the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne in 2020 will influence sport in Switzerland?
I think a big international competition for the youth like this one has to show the Swiss population that sport can be a fantastic party and that it can transmit positive values. We hear a lot of bad things about sport these days, so the Youth Olympic Games constitute a unique opportunity to show the real face of sport, the one we get to experience every day. If we are able to change this perception in our country, we will have already accomplished a lot!
You are also part of the national Swiss Team, how do you think elite sport can also benefit from the Games?
The Youth Games teach us many things. They give us the opportunity to perform better, on and off the slopes. This makes us stronger. It is therefore very positive for the continuation of our careers.
Last question, are you familiar with Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud? How do you imagine the Games there?
Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to visit the Canton de Vaud yet. However, as they will be the host of the Youth Olympic Games, I would very much enjoy visiting Lausanne and its surroundings; especially the ski resorts located in the Swiss Alps. I can’t wait!.
June 14, 2016
The bidding committee closes its books with a positive balance
The members of the Lausanne 2020 Candidature Association unanimously voted to dissolve the Association during its General Assembly. The goal of the Association - to have Lausanne awarded the Youth Olympic Games in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015 - had been attained. This was not the only good news of the day, as the accounts presented a positive balance of CHF145’000. Following a decision made by the City of Lausanne and the State Council, this sum would be given to the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee with the purpose of financial continuity.
June 16, 2016
Lausanne 2020 is introduced to Vaud Tourism!
On June 16, Lausanne 2020 presented its project to the members of Vaud Tourism during the General Assembly of the Vaud Tourism Office. It was a unique opportunity for Lausanne 2020 to outline potential prospects the YOG would bring to the promotion of the Vaud region internationally, especially regarding the intention of bringing new tourists to the mountains and on the shores of Lake Geneva before, during and after 2020.
June 7, 2016
The heads of sport of the 26 Swiss Cantons welcome Lausanne 2020
On June 7, Lausanne 2020 participated in the summer conference of the heads of sport from the 26 Swiss Cantons in Soleure (SO). In its objective of bringing all of Switzerland together to support the Games, Lausanne 2020 took this opportunity to reflect on ideas for sport programmes that could be developed on a national level in schools, clubs and associations. After the presentation, a specific workshop on the Games themselves was organised, which gave further opportunity to develop innovative ideas. More on this to come!
June 3, 2016
In Tokyo, for the Olympic synergies
On June 3, an event organised by the AISTS (MAS in Sport Administration of the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva and the EPFL in Lausanne) was held at the Swiss Embassy. Representatives from the Japanese sport industry led by the Tokyo 2020 Games organisers met with representatives of the Swiss sport industry - including Lausanne 2020. With both Olympic events being organised in the same year, it is a natural fit for both entities to look at potential synergies giving both countries the opportunity to make Olympism shine all around the world while bringing together their technological, economical and sport assets.
Lausanne 2020 visits Swiss Olympic
Swiss Olympic, the organisation governing Swiss sport based in Ittigen (BE), has extended a permanent invitation to Lausanne 2020 to present the progress of the Games during each of its executive committees. Given this invitation, the first meeting was held on June 22. The objective was to put in place a strong collaboration between the two organisations in order to plan projects from which Swiss sport can benefit from. The Games will have an unprecedented stimulating effect for the activities of Swiss Olympic, particularly in the promotion of the fundamental and positive values of Olympism and sport.
Sporting venues: we now have a better idea!
The Lausanne 2020 team is currently working to develop its plan for the organisation of the sport competitions in 2020. No change has been brought to the original plan that was submitted to the IOC during the candidature phase, but Lausanne 2020 now need to detail the plans and have them validated by the national and international federations, as well as the IOC. In this sense, the host regions are currently preparing an inventory of the current state of the competition venues in order to have them reviewed by the governing bodies. Lausanne 2020 needs to find the right balance between the needs of the various actors so that everyone can benefit from the organisation of the Games in the region.
May 24, 2016
Lausanne 2020 should be able to bring together the whole region and, let’s be ambitious, the whole country behind the same project. And this is not just any project! The Youth Olympic Games are much more than a ten-day sport competition, they are a unique opportunity to reach ambitious objectives for our youth who are our future and our talents of tomorrow. Let’s think big, let’s be ambitious and let’s develop national sport programmes based on the Olympic Values. It starts now and it will benefit generations to come.
We need to take advantage of the assets of our country, Switzerland. We can count on an extraordinary pool of very talented and ambitious youth, no matter their schooling, from apprentices to academics or if they are making their first steps in the professional world. We need to find a way to integrate all our youth in the Games and make their countless ideas flourish. This is one of our objectives for the Youth Games: organise Olympic Games for the youth, by the youth. The reflection behind the Games should be new, using innovation to promote fundamentals values of sport, the Olympic Values.
In order to reach our objectives, we need to involve all the stakeholders of Lausanne 2020. We will need the support of our National Olympic Committee, Swiss Olympic, of the winter as well as summer sport federations and of the sport’s club across Switzerland to put in place new programmes to leverage on the opportunities offered by the Games. We will also need the support of the public sector in order to reach the schools and to promote physical activities among the youth. We need to spread the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence, which are essential for the development of a healthy and social lifestyle.
We have now a little bit less than four years to build a great enthusiasm around Lausanne 2020, to create an exceptional event and to organise it in a new way that it will have the power to unite and to leave a mark in Swiss and Olympic history. Our next short term objective is the presentation in front of the IOC of our strategic and operational roadmap next October. What are the Games that we want? How do we want to put them in place? The answers of all those questions will be in this document on which we are already working hard.
I am pleased to share with you, through those few lines, the progress of the project in the next weeks, months and years to come.
Let’s get to work and, together, let our dreams come true!
CEO, Lausanne 2020 organising Committee
Lessons learned from Lillehammer 2016
The last edition of the Youth Olympic Winter Games, before Lausanne 2020, took place in Lillehammer last February from the 12 to 21. On this special occasion, a big delegation from Lausanne and the State of Vaud travelled to the city of Lillehammer to meet and exchange ideas with the Local Organising Committee and also to soak up the Youth Olympic Games’ atmosphere. The lessons learned from this field trip will be a founding element of the strategy of Lausanne 2020.
The delegation was composed of representatives from the academic world including the University of Lausanne and the EPFL, as well as the security departments of the city of Lausanne and the State of Vaud with the Commanders in Chief of the Lausanne and Vaud Police, the Transport departments, and also representatives from the different regions involved in the organisation of the Games. It was an important learning opportunity for our key partners to have the chance go to Lillehammer to look and listen and especially to experience the event from the inside as to better anticipate what awaits Lausanne in 2020.
The team of about twenty people took part in the observer programme organised by the IOC. The objective was to give the opportunity to the next organising committee to see what the event is all about, and for them to clearly understand what they should expect from the event and what are the implication for them in terms of organisation and infrastructure. The delegation also had the chance to meet and exchange ideas with the organisers of Lillehammer 2016 regarding the “learn & share” programme in order to understand how they involved their population and particularly the youth in the project.
The programme prepared by the IOC was very thorough, including a lot of site visits of the competition venues, the Olympic Village and many other important sites for the smooth running of the event. From the transport centre to the security centre of the police, the delegation had the opportunity to extensively discover the backstage of the Youth Olympic Winter Games.
They also had the chance to meet the organising committee of Lillehammer 2016, with whom they were able to exchange and learn from. This allowed the Lausanne representatives to bring back crucial information and develop ideas for the organisation of the Games in Lausanne in 2020.
Of course, the delegation also had the chance to watch the sport competition and to enjoy the great results of the young Swiss athletes taking part in the Games.
Swiss Olympic sent 48 athletes to Lillehammer - and the team was particularly successful as they won no less than 12 medals - 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze. The Swiss Olympic Youth Team performed even better than during the first Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck where they won 9 medals. Special congratulations to the young and very promising Aline Danioth who won 4 medals in alpine skiing. The young star from Uri won the gold in Combined and in Slalom as well as the bronze in Super-G and Giant Slalom. Melanie Maillard from Valais also stood out by winning the gold in Giant Slalom and the silver in Combined. Like their teammates, the two skiers enjoyed a great team spirit among the Swiss Olympic Youth Team. “The team spirit in the delegation was as exceptional as the sporting results”, noted Isabelle Bossi, Chef de Mission for Switzerland. “At almost every competition, the members of the Swiss team were cheering for their teammates to encourage them to give their best. Obviously winning medals are always the highlights, but it is overwhelming to see the team cheering for each other and trying to motivate themselves among the team. This is also what makes the YOG so special. We could feel that we were not only 48 individuals but we were a team representing its country.”
In addition to the sports performance and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the world's best in their class, it is important to mention the humanistic experience that all these young athletes had the opportunity to live. For some, these Games were the first international competition bringing together so many people in the same place at the same time, which will remain forever engraved in their memory.
Through the "Learn & Share" program designed by the IOC, these young athletes had the chance to take part in many extra sporting activities that would help them open their eyes to the enormous opportunities opening up for their future in and outside of the sports world. The Youth Games are the perfect place to promote the Olympic values to the youth of the world through various and rich activities. The "Learn & Share" program is a wonderful tool to allow young people to learn new things, exchange experiences with other young people of their age from around the world and to grow as an athlete and as a person.
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