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  • St. Moritz welcomes the Olympic Flame for the first time since 1948


    12/15/19

    St. Moritz welcomes the Olympic Flame for the first time since 1948

    Lausanne, 14 December 2019 - The FIS Women's World Cup weekend in St. Moritz was the first time the Olympic Flame returned to the Grisons resort since the 1948 Winter Olympic Games. The flame was carried by the delegation of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 (YOG), represented by its president, freestyle ski champion Virginie Faivre. In less than a month, St. Moritz will host the Winter Youth Olympic Games competitions of bobsleigh, luge, skeleton and speed skating.

    The FIS year-end meeting in St. Moritz was an opportunity for the Lausanne 2020 Organising Committee to present the Olympic flame to the international media who were present this weekend in the Grisons resort. Accompanied by Swiss skier and Olympic champion Sandro Viletta, the flame then made a public appearance at Park Rostasch, where the special Olympic Flame show will be held tomorrow from 5pm.

    The Olympic flame, Sandro Viletta, Virginie Faivre, Martin Berthod and Yodli.

    For the first time since the 1948 Winter Olympic Games, St. Moritz will host Olympic competitions, a milestone in the Olympic history of the Grisons resort and Switzerland. Next January, the Grisons resort will host the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events of Lausanne 2020 on the legendary Olympia Bob Run. It will also host the speed skating competitions on its frozen lake. This promises to be a particularly breathtaking sight.

    By hosting the worlds’ best young athletes (15-18 years old); the Winter Youth Olympic Games aims to be an incubator for the sport of tomorrow. As such, Lausanne 2020 has been searching, since its beginnings, for innovative solutions to stage the competitions. Therefore, the committee chose to come to St. Moritz not only to promote - if it was really necessary - the only all-natural bobsleigh run in the world, but also to organise the speed skating competitions to be held in the open air, on the local frozen lake. This is a return to its roots for this winter sport, and an important symbolic message from the organisers of their desire to promote the use of intelligent and sustainable solutions for future sporting events.

    The competitions in St. Moritz will take place from January 12 to 20.

    Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020: "What an experience to bring the Lausanne 2020 Olympic Flame for the first time to this region so emblematic of Swiss Olympic history! In January, athletes will have the unique opportunity to compete on the legendary Olympia Bob Run and on the beautiful frozen lake of St. Moritz. It will be an unbelievably memorable experience for them. It will also be important for our message of promoting innovative and sustainable solutions for the future of winter sports. “

    Martin Berthod, Director of the Department of Culture and Sports of St. Moritz: "We are very happy to be hosting the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Game here in St. Moritz. It's the third time in our history that we welcome the Olympic flame and we are very proud of that! We look forward to welcoming all disciplines on natural ice during these Games. We are going back to the roots and using our legacy from the Olympic Games previously hosted here to make this a memorable experience for young athletes."

    Alexandra Kolb, Vice-Director of the Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz-Celerina: “We look forward to welcoming teams from all over the world to the Youth Olympic Games hosted for the first time here in St. Moritz. The preparations are progressing well and the current weather conditions will allow the tracks to be in great shape for the start of the competitions. A big thank you to all the volunteers who are working extremely hard to create the best conditions for the young athletes who will compete on the Olympic Bob Run St. Moritz-Celestina in January.“


    About Lausanne 2020

    The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games will take place from 9 to 22 January 2020 with 1,880 athletes (15-18 years old) from more than 80 countries. The competitions will take place in the cantons of Vaud (Lausanne, La Vallée de Joux, Leysin, les Diablerets, Villars), Valais (Champéry), Grisons (St. Moritz) and neighbouring France (Les Rousses, Les Tuffes stadium).

    For more information on Lausanne 2020, please visit www.lausanne2020.sport

    Press contact Lausanne 2020

    Media team – press@lausanne2020.sport

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