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25.08.2016 / 7 Photos

Lausanne 2020 est à Athletissima 2016!

27.04.2016 / 8 Photos

Lausanne 2020 Youth Council, take II!

26.05.2015 / 11 Photos

Lausanne 2020 "Youth Council": it's ON!

12.02.2016 / 33 Photos

Lausanne 2020 @ Lillehammer 2016

27.07.2015 / 14 Photos

Les valeurs olympiques s’invitent dans les écoles de Kuala Lumpur

22.07.2015 / 62 Photos

Imagine The Games here! Imaginez les Jeux ici!

14.02.2014 / 46 Photos

Ils disent OUI à Lausanne 2020! They say YES to Lausanne 2020!

17.06.2015 / 11 Photos

Lausanne 2020 à Park Volley 2015!

07.06.2015 / 3 Photos

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05.06.2015 / 9 Photos

Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Village / Village Olympique

07.05.2015 / 24 Photos

Lausanne 2020 s'affiche en GRAND! Lausanne 2020 in BIG!

28.04.2015 / 308 Photos

20KM de Lausanne 2015!

27.10.2014 / 103 Photos

Le Mur Lausanne 2020 à Malley!

24.09.2014 / 75 Photos

Lausanne 2020 à "Lausanne in Motion"

28.08.2014 / 46 Photos

Lausanne 2020 à Nanjing 2014!

02.07.2014 / 161 Photos

Lausanne 2020 à la Fan Zone de Bellerive (SUI-ARG, 1.07.2014)

28.04.2014 / 250 Photos

Lausanne 2020 aux "20kils"!

05.07.2013 / 118 Photos

Lausanne 2020 à Athletissima 2013



News

June 30, 2016

A unique opportunity!

The awarding of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games to Lausanne was great news for all of Swiss sport. This unique international event is an incredible opportunity to promote sport at the national level.

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.

Jörg Schild

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!.



News!

Recent activities of the Lausanne 2020 team


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

Let’s get together to dream, innovate and bring the country together!

It gives me great pleasure to announce my official start as the new CEO of Lausanne 2020 which began this past March 1, 2016. This is a particularly important project for me, and I am pleased to be focusing my energies on the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games. The Games give me the chance to use my past experiences in organising big events for the organisation of this particularly fascinating event that aims to celebrate both the Youth and the Olympic Movement. It is an important task but also a great challenge that I am looking forward to being part of.

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!

Ian Logan

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.

The proposed activities were varied, including nutrition courses with certified nutritionists, media prep courses to teach the athletes how to handle media requests and many activities aimed at raising awareness on current issues athletes might face while promoting the Olympic values. The topics of solidarity, environmental protection, anti-doping and prevention against injury and other kinds of physical and mental damage that elite sport can lead to were discussed throughout the 14 days of competition that lasted the Youth Games in Lillehammer.

The combination of high-level sport competition, the program "Learn & Share" and the international environment have enabled these young people to compete with the best athletes in the world but also to provide them with tools that will be useful for their future.

The sharing and the exchange must be at the heart of Lausanne 2020, and this will be our main challenge: create the sharing opportunities and promote exchanges not only among the athletes, but also with the Swiss population. The goal of Lausanne 2020 is not only to organise an international sporting event, it is also to organise a big festival. These two aspects must co-exist in a new and innovative model for the future of sport and the Olympic Movement.

Those are the main lessons of Lillehammer: being able to bring the country together behind an international project for our youth and promoting fundamental and positive values conveyed through sport is the key to success for the Youth Games to leave a lasting legacy and mark memories for generations to come.

A magnificent challenge – don’t you think? So let’s get to work!

For the official photos of Lillehammer 2016, all taken by young students in journalism and photography, please visit www.yogphotos.com

Photo: The Swiss athletes in Lillehammer



News!

Recent activities of the Lausanne 2020 team


May 2, 2016

Green light for the new Malley sport centre!

The project for the new sport centre in Malley has been released for public enquiry in the municipalities of Rennens and Vevey.

The construction plans have been approved by all parties. This is a great news and a show of support from the community in keeping because the deadlines, that should allowed the new ice rinks to be ready and usable for the Youth Games, are respected.

Photo: The new Malley



April 30, 2016

Presentation at the “Association Suisse d’Education Physique à l’Ecole (ASEP)”

One of the main activities of the Lausanne 2020 core organising team is to present the Youth Games to many associations, clubs and businesses. For example, Lausanne 2020, represented by Cosima Deluermoz who is the special delegate for International Sport at the State of Vaud, recently had the opportunity to present the Games at the general assembly of the ASEP. The objective of this presentation was explore new opportunities on how to leverage the Youth Games and how to use them to develop new sport programmes and teach the Olympic Values at school to engage the youth.



April 27, 2016

Members of the Youth Council arrive at the Olympic Museum!

Around twenty young members of the Youth Council gathered at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to discuss important issues with the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee. The young members had the opportunity to discuss many different topics such as the celebrations around the Games, the impact of the Games on both the elite sport and the mass participation sport, the social media activation and even think about the best way to engage the whole country behind the Youth Games. The organising committee now has the task of examining all the ideas proposed and ways of implementing as many as possible. Next meeting is scheduled for September!

Photo: The members of the Youth Council at the Olympic Museum



April 17 to April 22, 2016

Lausanne 2020 in the heart of international sport

Lausanne 2020, represented by its CEO Ian Logan, actively took part in the biggest annual event in the world of international sport, the SportAccord Convention. This year’s edition took place at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre on the EPFL’s campus. Ian Logan gave a presentation during the general assembly of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) about the Lausanne 2020 project and highlighted all the milestones it had taken to date. He also participated in an on-stage debate about best practices for youth sport participation. This event was a great opportunity for Logan to meet and exchange ideas with many international sport leaders paving the way forward for interesting and useful dialogue.

Photo: The SportAccord Convention at the Swiss Tech



April 5 and April 25, 2016

Kick-off given by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

The two first workshops, which took place at the temporary IOC headquarters in Pully, kicked off the beginning of the working relationship between the IOC and the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee (“YOGOC”). During those workshops, Lausanne had the opportunity to present an overview of the organising committee and its current achievements to date - it was also the occasion to discuss the collaboration between the IOC and the YOGOC. The IOC also provided the organising committee with interesting recommendations about the organising process itself.

Photo: The Olympic Rings in the Olympic Capital


February 2, 2015

This is where it starts!

For the Lausanne 2020 team, the New Year starts on a high note. First of all, we are pleased to welcome Ian Logan; our new General Director. Amongst all the excellent applications received, Ian Logan really stood out as the right choice for the job. With an extensive experience in the management of major events, Ian Logan will be a central part of the Lausanne 2020 delegation to Norway for the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games. Following this, Ian will formally take office from March 2016. We already wish him a very warm welcome!

The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games will take place in Lillehammer, Norway from February 12-21, 2016. A delegation of 20 Lausanne 2020 representatives will take part in the Observer Programme organised by the Lillehammer 2016 Organising Committee in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The members of delegation are drawn from diverse backgrounds and interests related to the Lausanne Games. This will ensure that each stakeholder will have the necessary tools to invest and project themselves efficiently in time for 2020. Thus, we can, among others, rely on the participation of political, university (UNIL) and selected host station representatives, as well as representatives from the transportation sector (TL).

The objective of the trip is simple - to learn as much as possible and to come back with suitcases full of ideas and motivation to energise the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020. During these two weeks, the delegation will have the opportunity to observe and discuss with the Lillehammer 2016 Organising Committee. This trip will also be an opportunity for the Lausanne 2020 team to enhance its relationship with the IOC; not only its members, but also its staff with whom Lausanne 2020 wishes to work in close collaboration to make these Games an important tool in spreading the Olympic values.

While we said it in Kuala Lumpur, it is even truer today: now this is where it starts!

See you soon!

Patrick Baumann

President, Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee




“Together, let’s make History!”

Ian Logan, the recently appointed CEO of the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee, shares with us his priorities, his ambitions and even his dreams for Lausanne 2020.

The Lausanne 2020 project that was described in the bid file has been extremely well received by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). What elements of the bid will you remember and which are you looking forward to developing further?

The bid committee has performed an outstanding job. Following discussions with the IOC, it was made clear to us that the alignment between the Youth Games concept as envisioned by the IOC and that envisioned by the Lausanne 2020 project was what sealed such a comprehensive win. The bid committee succeeded in creating a clear match between these two. The IOC has the ambition to transmit the fundamental values of Olympism - respect, friendship and excellence - through the Games, placing education at the centre of this message. They want to illustrate to the youth of the world that they can enjoy a career in sport, not only on but also off the field. Lausanne is perfectly suited to help do this. Lausanne boasts 100 years of common history and shared values with the Olympic Movement, it remains the hub of international sport management and is home to universities reknowned thoughout the world for their educational and developmental expertise. These elements will form the basis of a rich, innovative and fun culture and education programme for the athletes in 2020, as well as for all the youth of our country during the preceeding years.

The bid file paid close attention to these aspects. I now want to engage with them in depth and workd hard to unite both the Swiss population and the sport sector here. The event must create memories. To do this it needs to have an impact for the youth and for sport generally. However, it also needs to be a cultural festival, not only in Lausanne, but across the whole country. This is a very ambitious vision but I believe we can and will make it happen.

The opening ceremony of the Games will be in exactly four years. What are your current priorities and, in your opinion, what are the traps to be avoided?

My first priority is to take a step back to gain a broad, comprehensive overview of the entire project. This will allow me lead it with vision and ambition. In concrete terms, this means observing and listening to all stakeholders; the IOC, Swiss Olympic, the City of Lausanne, the State of Vaud, the host ski-resorts where the competitions will take place, as well as the Committee executive board members. Opening dialogues with as many stakeholders as possible, as early as possible will enable us to to reveal the magic of the Youth Games – a unique event which unite all. This will also include benefiting from the experience of our friends from Norway and we will be visiting Lillehammer for the 2016 Youth Games at the beginning of February.

My second priotity is to start building my “core” team. This unit will take on their full responsibilities after bein finalised in 2017 and will oversee the delivery of the event. I want this team to work with me from the beginning. This will allow us to move seamlessly from what we outlined in the bid book and translate it into a road map for delivery, complete with various projects milestones. The biggest trap would be to jump in too quickly and start organising the event without having thought before about what we want to do – and what we don’t want to do.

How do you think these Games could shine thoughout all of Switzerland so that their impacts are not limited to Lausanne and the surrounding region?

I think this is one of our biggest challenges. We have to work hard to convince the entire Swiss population that these Games are a unique opportunity for everyone. Indeed, they represent an outstanding chance to make our country shine abroad. It has been more than 70 years since we have hosted an Olympic Games! But this will not be easy. We have to develop national projects targeting both Swiss youth and Swiss sport generally. We also have to count on the support from Swiss Olympic, the Federal Department of Sport (OFPSO), national sports federations as well as our national partners. We will not succeed alone. That is why it is important to involve every stakeholder from the very beginning.

Currently the Chief of Military Air traffic Management, you will soon be devoting yourself 100% to Lausanne 2020. What assets from your military experience can you bring to an Olympic project such as Lausanne 2020?

On a general level, the army is part of the same department as sport, specifically the Federal Department of Defence,Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). There are therefore many ways that the army could support the Lausanne 2020 project. I can already see huge logistical, transport and security sharing and synergies being brought to the organising of the event.

In regards to my personal experience, I am lucky in that I have been specially trained in the delivery of large scale projects. For instance, I lead the organising committees of major events such as the AIR04 and AIR14 Air Championships. This has given me a depth of knowledge in organisational and logistical issues as well as an extensive national network of individual experts in event delivery.

My objective is therefore to apply my unique experience and network to the delivery of the Youth Olympic Games. This project that means a huge amount to me because it represents an opportunity to be a vehicle for the Olympic Values which I believe are indispensable to a healthy life. Respect of oneself, of each other, of the environment. Friendship between different populations and between different cultures. Excellence in always giving ones best in any situation. Just imagine these values have been central to the Olympic movement for over than 100 years. But they arguably more topical today than ever before.

You are the father of 5 kids. Lausanne 2020 is a project for the youth. Will you draw inspiration from your kids to build an event that will connect with them in 2020?

Of course! We all love and practice sport! This is a real chance to make a meaningful connection with the youth of tomorrow. I have already started asking the kids and their friends questions in this area. I have asked what they were expecting from a project such as Lausanne 2020; what we could do so that they can benefit from the impact of these Games even if not participating as an athlete. Youth is a true source of inspiration and I will make the most of the research methods at my disposal! I am hugely drawn to their enthusiasm and their ability to express themselves through new and exciting mediums, such as social networks in particular. They represent the future - tomorrow’s talent. It is therefore our responsibility to think about the best way to integrate them directly into our project. This is equally true whether it is within the organisation committee or within the various activities related to the event.

Finally, tell us what your most ambitious dream for Lausanne 2020 in a perfect world would look like?

My most ambitious dream would be to successfully unite Switzerland as a whole in the promotion of the values of the Olympic movement before, during and after the Games. To do so, we will have worked closely with all our partners. Together with them we will have helped to define what the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne will represent locally, nationally and internationally. Thanks to these Games, we will have shone a light on changes desired by the youth itself, particularly in regards to the environment and the various problems that it faces.

In short, we will have managed to take this incredible opportunity that the Games represent. We will have delivered an unforgettable project which promotes Switzerland internationally, energises and unites the Swiss population and inspires the youth of tomorrow to build a better world. Clearly, together, we will transformed the history of our region and our country!

But enough dreaming... we must now work hard together to make these dreams a reality!

Photo: Ian Logan, CEO, Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee





A promising Swiss curling athlete with big dreams

Meet Selina Witschonke: a 15 years old curling athlete who will take part, together with 47 other swiss athletes, in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Selina, we are eager to know more about you. Could you please tell us a bit more about why you started playing curling and why you love your sport so much?

I started playing curling when I was 9 years old. My parents, who used to be curling players, enrolled me in my first curling classes. At the beginning, I was just playing for fun. After several years of training, I saw my level increasing and I had the opportunity to compete against very talented players. I therefore found the game more and more interesting and decided to train more. I now spend 6 hours a week on the ice and 3 hours working on fitness. Curling is a very special sport. Although it is not hugely popular, it is a sport that is full of surprises and this is perhaps why I love it so much. One of the sport’s biggest challenges is to find the right path in tactical decisions as well as to portion your strength throughout the whole game. Tactics are therefore more important than strength. As a result, no two curling games look alike. It is a sport that is far from being boring, as some might think!

Why are you dreaming of participating into the Youth Olympic Games?

It is a hard feeling to describe as it is highly emotional. It is mixture of pride, accomplishment and opportunity. I say “pride” because it would be the first time in my young career that I have the chance to defend the colours of my country. It reminds me of all the sacrifices I make every day to become a better player. This hard work does not only apply to me. My entire entourage also makes considerable effort and sacrifices. My family, friends and my coach are supporting me in every decision I take. Going to Lillehammer would be my way of thanking them for their strong support. Finally, it would represent an outstanding opportunity to have fun in competing against very talented players, make new friends and learn something new!

How can the Youth Olympic Games help you become who you want to be?

I am quite young and I am still trying to identify what I want to do in life. But one thing is certain - I want to give myself a chance to become a professional curling player. Like any elite athlete, my objective is to go to the Olympic Games. If I were selected to participate in the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, it would definitely help me in making this goal more concrete. Not only would I gain some valuable experience, this would also provide me with the opportunity to meet with young people from around the world. I would have the chance to discover new cultures, speak different languages, make new friends and open my mind to new things. In short, it would make me grow both as an athlete and a person!

How can Lausanne 2020 contribute to developing sport in Switzerland?

Hosting the Winter Youth Olympic Games is a fantastic opportunity for Switzerland! It is a very special event in that it is connected to the Olympic Rings. Because they can generate so many emotions, the Olympic Rings have the power to inspire everyone and this is especially the case for my generation. The Games in Switzerland will make this real and 2020 will definitely be “the Year of Sport” in Switzerland. But apart from the “inspirational” factor of the Games, there are many things that can be done to encourage the youth to be more active and committed to sport. I believe schools can play an important role since the practice of sport is linked to education. I am convinced the Games can serve as a catalyst to further develop sport in Switzerland!

Have you ever been to Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud? How do you imagine the Games there?

Yes, I have! I once participated in a championship at the Lausanne Curling Centre. Even if I did not have too much time to visit the city and the region, I still had a chance to visit the Olympic Museum which was located within walking distance of the championship site. I think this is one of Lausanne’s unique advantage. No other city in the world is more “Olympic” than Lausanne. Because the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and so many International Federations are based in Lausanne, it is a very inspiring city for a young athlete like me. I hope Lausanne 2020 will succeed in transmitting this feeling to the young competitors of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2020!

Do you have a “motto” that motivates you in always pushing yourself harder?

Who fights can lose, who doesn't fight has already lost.

Photo: Selina Witschonke, Swiss Curling Athlete





Interview with Danka Bartekova, Chair of the IOC’s Lausanne 2020 Coordination Commission

Today, we ask a few questions to Danka Bartekova (SLO), 31 years old, Chair of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020, bronze medalist in London 2012 in shooting (skeet). The role of the Coordination Commission will be to assist the organizing committee in delivering the event, using the input from previous hosts while making sure that the Games are fully aligned with the IOC’s objectives.

Danka, first of all, congratulations on your nomination as the head of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020. We are delighted to start working with you and your team!

Thank you very much! I am really excited to join Lausanne 2020. I feel honored to chair the Coordination Commission and help the Organizing Committee to organize the Winter Youth Olympic Games in the Olympic Capital! For me as an athlete from summer sports it’s quite a challenge but I’m ready to take it! Can’t wait to meet the whole team soon!

First question: you were already part of the Evaluation Commission for the 2020 YOG during the bid phase. What were the key strengths of the Lausanne 2020 project that you are now particularly excited to see being put in place?

Lausanne 2020 prepared a very youth-oriented, fresh and energetic project, but yet sustainable one. I think one of the biggest strengths is the involvement of the local universities and scientific-oriented “Learn and Share” activities, as well as the fact that Lausanne is the home of many International Federations, sport organisations and of course the International Olympic Committee. I think the athletes and all the participants have a lot to look forward to in 2020!

In your opinion, what are the objectives that the Youth Olympic Games must achieve for the good of the Olympic Movement – and how do you think they should proceed to meet them?

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to combine sport, culture and education and to serve as a catalyst for the young generation to get active and enjoy sport. We want to spread the values of sport and Olympism through competition as well as the time spent off the field of play. Youth Olympic Games should inspire participants, spectators and youth of the nation - but not to forget the young fans all over the world. With this being kept in mind and using the newest technology, science and sports-like nature of the city, I think Lausanne 2020 will develop great Winter Youth Olympic Games.

What do you think the Youth Olympic Games represent in an athlete’s career – and which elements should the Games offer to ensure the biggest impacts for the athletes?

For many young athletes, the Youth Olympic Games are the first experience with a multi-sport event and for majority of them it could even be the last one. It could be an unforgettable life experience but also a milestone in a young athlete’s amazing sport career later on. That’s why it’s really important to enhance the time the athletes spend there and let them enjoy their sport performance, have fun after their competitions, meet some friends and get inspired by all the values that sport can offer.

We have talked about the Olympic Movement, the athletes, but what do you think the Games should bring to the region and the country that organise them?

I see the Youth Olympic Games as a great opportunity for the host city. First of all, they attract the spectators and visitors to come and watch the competition. But also they bring sport inspiration, passion and enthusiasm for the youth living in the region and in the whole country. With all the projects planned to go on before and during the Youth Olympics I am pretty sure Lausanners and all the Swiss will benefit greatly from the Youth Olympic Games.

What would be your first recommendation to the organising committee that is currently being put in place?

To always put the athletes first! They are the ones whose interest should be taken into consideration while planning. If athletes are happy and enjoy their competitions the atmosphere will be easily taken by spectators and all the participants. Remembering the quality of bid proposals and ideas, I am pretty sure the Lausanne 2020 team will do a great job and prepare an amazing event.

Finally, we know you have been to Lausanne and Switzerland quite a few times, what do you enjoy about this region and this country?

I have been to Switzerland many times and it shows me different faces all the time! I’m usually pretty busy with meetings and work but when I have some free time in Lausanne I really enjoy amazing mountain and lake views during my walks, great food and wine, even the boat trip to Evian spas which I experienced recently. I really like that Lausanne is a hilly town, you have to work out pretty much if you want to get somewhere on foot. That’s maybe also a reason why so many people do some sport here..(laughs)

What do you do today. We understand you are studying?

I work as a professional athlete under the Ministry of Interior in Slovakia. I am currently enrolled in the PhD studies with “Sports Diplomacy” as my major subject.

What are your hobbies?

I love relaxing reading a book or watching a good movie. But the best relax for me is spending time with my nephews, 4 and 1 years old boys.

How did you actively get into the Olympic Movement?

I was elected as the athletes’ representative (IOC Athletes Commission member) during the London 2012 Olympic Games. But to be honest, my first Olympic experience as non-athlete was in Singapore 2010 where I was a young ambassador for the first-ever edition of the YOG. It was such a great inspiration for me and that’s where it all started!

A few words about you as an athlete – where are you now in your career?

I am currently preparing for my 3rd Olympic Games. After being ranked 8th in Beijing and getting a bronze medal in London, I am now fully focusing on Rio. I started my career as 13 years old in 1998 and since then I haven’t stopped enjoying my sport. I still feel motivated and looking forward to some new challenges coming next shooting season on my way to Rio!

Photo: Danka Baterkova, President of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020




December 14, 2015

Interview with Danka Bartekova, Chair of the IOC’s Lausanne 2020 Coordination Commission

Today, we ask a few questions to Danka Bartekova (SLO), 31 years old, Chair of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020, bronze medalist in London 2012 in shooting (skeet). The role of the Coordination Commission will be to assist the organizing committee in delivering the event, using the input from previous hosts while making sure that the Games are fully aligned with the IOC’s objectives.

Danka, first of all, congratulations on your nomination as the head of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lausanne 2020. We are delighted to start working with you and your team!

Thank you very much! I am really excited to join Lausanne 2020. I feel honored to chair the Coordination Commission and help the Organizing Committee to organize the Winter Youth Olympic Games in the Olympic Capital! For me as an athlete from summer sports it’s quite a challenge but I’m ready to take it! Can’t wait to meet the whole team soon!

First question: you were already part of the Evaluation Commission for the 2020 YOG during the candidature phase. What were the key strengths of the Lausanne 2020 project that you are now particularly excited to see being put in place?

Lausanne 2020 prepared a very youth-oriented, fresh and energetic project, but yet sustainable one. I think one of the biggest strengths is the involvement of the local universities and scientific-oriented “Learn and Share” activities, as well as the fact that Lausanne is the home of many International Federations, sport organisations and of course the International Olympic Committee. I think the athletes and all the participants have a lot to look forward to in 2020!

In your opinion, what are the objectives that the Youth Olympic Games must achieve for the good of the Olympic Movement – and how do you think they should proceed to meet them?

The Youth Olympic Games are designed to combine sport, culture and education and to serve as a catalyst for the young generation to get active and enjoy sport. We want to spread the values of sport and Olympism through competition as well as the time spent off the field of play. Youth Olympic Games should inspire participants, spectators and youth of the nation - but not to forget the young fans all over the world. With this being kept in mind and using the newest technology, science and sports-like nature of the city, I think Lausanne 2020 will develop great Winter Youth Olympic Games.

What do you think the Youth Olympic Games represent in an athlete’s career – and which elements should the Games offer to ensure the biggest impacts for the athletes?

For many young athletes, the Youth Olympic Games are the first experience with a multi-sport event and for majority of them it could even be the last one. It could be an unforgettable life experience but also a milestone in a young athlete’s amazing sport career later on. That’s why it’s really important to enhance the time the athletes spend there and let them enjoy their sport performance, have fun after their competitions, meet some friends and get inspired by all the values that sport can offer.

We have talked about the Olympic Movement, the athletes, but what do you think the Games should bring to the region and the country that organise them?

I see the Youth Olympic Games as a great opportunity for the host city. First of all, they attract the spectators and visitors to come and watch the competition. But also they bring sport inspiration, passion and enthusiasm for the youth living in the region and in the whole country. With all the projects planned to go on before and during the Youth Olympics I am pretty sure Lausanners and all the Swiss will benefit greatly from the Youth Olympic Games.

What would be your first recommendation to the organising committee that is currently being put in place?

To always put the athletes first! They are the ones whose interest should be taken into consideration while planning. If athletes are happy and enjoy their competitions the atmosphere will be easily taken by spectators and all the participants. Remembering the quality of bid proposals and ideas, I am pretty sure the Lausanne 2020 team will do a great job and prepare an amazing event.

Finally, we know you have been to Lausanne and Switzerland quite a few times, what do you enjoy about this region and this country?

I have been to Switzerland many times and it shows me different faces all the time! I’m usually pretty busy with meetings and work but when I have some free time in Lausanne I really enjoy amazing mountain and lake views during my walks, great food and wine, even the boat trip to Evian spas which I experienced recently. I really like that Lausanne is a hilly town, you have to work out pretty much if you want to get somewhere on foot. That’s maybe also a reason why so many people do some sport here..(laughs)

What do you do today. We understand you are studying?

I work as a professional athlete under the Ministry of Interior in Slovakia. I am currently enrolled in the PhD studies with “Sports Diplomacy” as my major subject.

What are your hobbies?

I love relaxing reading a book or watching a good movie. But the best relax for me is spending time with my nephews, 4 and 1 years old boys.

How did you actively get into the Olympic Movement?

I was elected as the athletes’ representative (IOC Athletes Commission member) during the London 2012 Olympic Games. But to be honest, my first Olympic experience as non-athlete was in Singapore 2010 where I was a young ambassador for the first-ever edition of the YOG. It was such a great inspiration for me and that’s where it all started!

A few words about you as an athlete – where are you now in your career?

I am currently preparing for my 3rd Olympic Games. After being ranked 8th in Beijing and getting a bronze medal in London, I am now fully focusing on Rio. I started my career as 13 years old in 1998 and since then I haven’t stopped enjoying my sport. I still feel motivated and looking forward to some new challenges coming next shooting season on my way to Rio!



December 9, 2015

Director general Ian Logan (l.) with Lausanne 2020 President Patrick Baumann (r.)

Lausanne 2020 appoints its Director General

Mr. Ian Logan (SUI) has been appointed to the the post of Director General of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (YOGOC). The role carries significant strategic responsibility for the preparation of the Games, which are due to be held in January 2020.

Over a two month selection period, 56 candidates responded to an open job search seeking to fill the position. The selection committee followed a selection process that included various interviews and assessments of the suitability of potential candidate profiles. The final result of this process was reached during a meeting on December 7, where the YOGOC’s Executive Committee, headed by its President and IOC Member Patrick Baumann agreed upon the appointment of Mr. Logan with great enthusiasm.

Currently the head of the regulatory body of the Swiss military air force, Mr. Logan has extensive experience in the management of major events (including the management of the AIR 04 and AIR 14 Swiss National Air Shows) and currently acts as a consultant for various organising committees of cultural and sporting events (Gottardo 2016, the 2016 Federal Wrestling Championships and the 2019 Fête des Vignerons - Switzerland’s largest gathering, taking place every 20 years). Mr Logan has a strong passion for sport and the Olympic Movement, and lives in Epalinges, near Lausanne. He will take office at the beginning of 2016, and will report to YOGOC’s Executive Committee.

Following his appointment, Mr Logan said: "It is a great honor for me to contibute to the organisation of an Olympic Games whose heart will beat in the very same place chosen by Baron Pierre de Coubertin to establish the modern Olympic Movement 100 years ago. We want to build on this unique Olympic heritage to create a Games that looks towards the future, for the youth of Switzerland and the youth of the world. We want to work, not only with Swiss sport, but also with the international sport world that is based here, and we want to do it in close collaboration with the local economy, our schools, the University and the high level institutes that call Lausanne home. It is a wonderful project, and I look forward to continuing to build on the great foundations that were laid during the project’s very successful bid. "

Over the next six months, in collaboration with the Executive Committee and its President Patrick Baumann, the Director General and his team will