The first ever youth Winter Olympics kicked off in Austria on the 13th of January with 1100 young athletes from 70 countries competing until the 22 of January.
Reports of fierce competition amongst teenage competitors, including 24 athletes from Team GB who are participating in a variety of events, including Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh and Curling, have made the first Youth Winter Olympic games one to watch!
The unexploded bomb was found during construction works taking place in the Austrian city. As a result of this unusual discovery the daily medal ceremony and concert were cancelled as a precaution. The bomb was discovered just a few metres from the medal plaza where the days winners were due to stand to collect their medals. The bomb was diffused safely and quickly and the evening’s concert was able to go ahead as planned.
The Youth games are aimed at inspiring and encouraging young people from around the world to participate in sport and to promote the Olympic values of ‘Excellence, Friendship and Respect’.
Last year Singapore hosted the first Youth Olympic games bringing together over 3,000 talented athletes between the ages of 14 -18 years. The youth games will follow the traditional 4 year cycle with the next games being held in 2014. The winter games this year are smaller, with only around 1000 athletes competing but the Innsbruck games look set to be just a great success!