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OLYMPIC REVIEW17ORIENTATION SEMINARHELD FORPYEONGCHANG 2018A delegation from theIOC held a successfulorientation seminar withrepresentatives ofPyeongChang 2018, lessthan two months afterthe South Korean citywas elected host of the2018 Olympic WinterGames. Led by the Chairof the IOC CoordinationCommission for thePyeongChang 2018Games, Gunilla Lindberg,and Olympic GamesExecutive DirectorGilbert Felli, the IOCgroup spoke about themanagement of theGames and the keymilestones that occurduring the lifecycle of anOrganising Committee.They also laid out theframework ofpartnership that willguide preparations forthe next seven years.Lindberg said: "We areexcited to be here sosoon after PyeongChangwas awarded the rightto host the 2018 Games.Our GamesManagement processhelps cities to get upand running quickly andeffectively, which ishighly beneficialbecause the seven years between now and the Games will goby rapidly."The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG)has launched a programme that offers youngpeople the chance to learn about the Olympic Truceand to take part in sporting and cultural activitiesthat help promote the themes related to the OlympicTruce in their schools and communities. The 'GetSet for the Olympic Truce' resources - which will bemade available to every school and college acrossthe UK - include films, assembly materials andactivity ideas developed to encourage young peopleto debate and discuss the themes of the OlympicTruce and to promote friendship and mutual respectthrough sport or culture in their school."With the inspiring 'Get Set for the OlympicTruce' programme, young people will discover thatsport transcends all differences; that sportcombines friendship, solidarity, fair play anduniversality; and that practising sport is a humanright," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "I would like to praise the initiative of theLondon Organising Committee of the OlympicGames which, through this programme, fulfils thevision of the Olympic Truce."All 193 member states of the United NationsGeneral Assembly have agreed to co-sponsor theOlympic Truce Resolution ahead of the London2012 Games - the most co-sponsoring states inthe history of the UN.BelowYoung people will learn about the TruceLONDON2012LAUNCHESOLYMPICTRUCEPROGRAMMEVANCOUVER2010 LEGACYFELTACROSSCANADACanada is still enjoyingthe legacies of theVancouver 2010 OlympicWinter Games, with theRichmond Olympic Ovalin Vancouver recognisedas the most successfulsports facility of 2011during the 22nd IAKS(International Associationfor Sports and Leisure Facilities) Congress. TheOlympic venue was awarded the IOC/IAKS GoldMedal as well as the IPC/IAKS Distinction forAccessibility.Judged by IAKS, the International OlympicCommittee (IOC) and the International ParalympicCommittee (IPC) respectively, the IOC/IAKS Awardis the only international architecture competitionfor sports and leisure facilities, while the IPC/IAKSDistinction for Accessibility is aimed at increasingthe accessibility of all sports facilities andarchitectural projects.Hosting the Games has also created newopportunities within Vancouver. Since the Games,local interest in winter sports, such as curling, has risen significantly meaning that new facilitiesare being well used. The Vancouver Curling Club recentlycelebrated the opening of its new home, theHillcrest Centre, which includes a library, fitnesscentre, gymnasium, hockey arena, plus indoorand outdoor swimming pools. Hillcrest was theOlympic curling venue in 2010 but was built withits post-Games legacy as a community centreand rink already in mind. In addition, reportshave revealed that hosting the event can providea significant boost to the local economy. A studyby the University of British Columbia, as part ofthe IOC's Olympic Games Impact (OGI)programme to measure the impact of the 2010Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games foundthat they played a key role in attracting newbusinesses, creating jobs and encouraging anincrease in visitor spending.Above The Richmond Olympic Oval was namedthe most successful sports facility for 2011NEWS INBRIEF

Ahead of the Nanjing 2014 Youth OlympicGames, one school in the host city receiveda surprise visitor in October whenAlexander Popov, IOC CoordinationCommission Chairman and former RussianOlympic swimmer, stopped by.Hong Guang Middle School in Nanjinghas a reputation for producing strongswimmers and, with pupils between theages of 12 and 15, there is a chance thatsome of them could make the grade forthe 2014 Youth Olympic Games.Four-time Olympic gold medallist Popov spent part of his visit to the schoolpool coaching pupils on their strokes andgiving advice based on his Olympicexperiences. The pupils were awe-struck by theswimming legend. As one youngsterexclaimed: "He is really big and I wishsomeday I will be as tall as him and swimas fast!"Chairman Popov was in Nanjing for the second IOC Coordination Commissionvisit, which saw the organising committeeprogress into their strategic planningphase. With three years to go until thesecond Summer Youth Olympic Games,preparations are well on track in allfunctional areas. The next IOC Coordination Commission visit will takeplace in September 2012.Left Alexander Popov, Chairman of theIOC Coordination Commission for theNanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games,passes on some training tips toswimming enthusiasts during his visit to Hong Guang Middle School in NanjingThe 2012 Winter Youth Olympic torch relaywill cover 65 sites over 18 days, involving2,012 torchbearers. The Youth Olympic torch relay will visitall nine of Austria's regional capitals as wellas the country's most famous winter sportsresorts. Along its journey the OlympicFlame will be carried by 2,012 inspirationaltorchbearers - including some well-knownpersonalities and sports stars - who willeach run approximately 150 metresholding the torch.The torch will be lit in Greece beforebeing transported to Innsbruck for the startof the Relay on 27 December. It will returnto the Tyrolean capital on 13 January 2012to light the Olympic cauldron at theOpening Ceremony of the 1st WinterYouth Olympic Games.#ICOPYU TWITTER COMPETITIONIOCLAUNCHESBIDPROCESSFOR2018YOGAlways striving to find innovative ways to engagewith fans, the IOC has launched a fun new social media contest via Twitter called #ICopyU.The #ICopyU competition asks users to tweet a photo of themselves copying iconic poses of their sporting heroes. Fans can then view and vote for their favourite image, and the winner of the contest will win a trip to the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012.It's not only the fans who are gettinginvolved. YOG Ambassador and Olympic figureskating champion Yuna Kim has also gotonboard. She recently tweeted a picture ofherself recreating the moment when her goldmedal became a reality at the VancouverOlympic Winter Games The International Olympic Committee (IOC) haslaunched the bidding process to host the 3rdSummer Youth Olympic Games in 2018. A letterwas sent to all National Olympic Committees(NOCs) informing them of the procedure anddocumentation available for cities interested inbidding for the Games. The election of the hostcity of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in2018 will be announced in Lausanne in June2013, during the 2020 IOC members'information briefing.18OLYMPIC REVIEWPOPOVVISITS NANJINGSCHOOLSINNSBRUCK 2012REVEALSTORCHRELAYPLANSBelow YOG Ambassador Yuna Kim getsinvolved in the fun by recreating her own pose