The organizing committee of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was present at the 37th Olympic Week organized by the Olympic Museum. From October 8 to 12, 2017, more than 5,500 children participated in the program that combined sporting initiations and educational workshops for 5 days of fun and sports at the Olympic Museum and its surroundings. This annual event is always held during the first week of the Vaudois school holidays in October and is open to all children from 8 to 15 years. More than 35 free sports activities have been proposed and many initiations are carried out under the watchful eye of discipline specialists.
The Lausanne 2020 team offered an interactive stand on the Quai d’Ouchy in front of the fountain and invited children to discover the different aspects of the Youth Olympic Games which will take place in Lausanne in January 2020. The stand allowed the kids to get to know the host venues, the sports and the spirit of the YOG through fun activities to finally win a Lausanne 2020 gift to proudly wear the colors of Lausanne 2020. More than 2,000 children have seized the opportunity and participated in the proposed games.
Besides the sports activities, meetings with known athletes took place every day at 2 p.m. As part of these exchanges, sports coordinator Simone Righenzi was able to present the concept of the Games to a hundred children who came to listen to what will happen in January 2020. On Wednesday, young freestyle skier Mathilde Gremaud came to tell her experience during her participation in the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games 2016 in Lillehammer. Following her lecture, Mathilde (member of the Athletes’ Council of Lausanne 2020) also passed by the Lausanne 2020 stand to show her support for this innovative project. Finally, sprinter Sarah Atcho and her brother Adam (basketball) came to make a dedication session at the stand on Thursday afternoon and attracted many fans.
Picture: Sarah and Adam Atcho with the Lausanne 2020 team