OLYMPIC REVIEW37will be well attended and everybody is able to bepart of the Games."A traditional torch relay will also take place inthe lead-up to the Games, which will help raiseexcitement levels even further, with exactly 2012people carrying the Youth Olympic torch toInnsbruck. The Youth Olympic flame will be lit on 17 December in Athens, Greece, before the officialtorch relay starts in Innsbruck ten days later. Thereare 65 stages planned and the Youth Olympic flamewill cover a total distance of 3,573 kilometres on the way to the official Opening Ceremony on 13January in the Bergisel Stadium, marking the startof the first Winter Youth Olympic Games. "I have goose bumps right now just thinkingabout the Opening Ceremony at the BergiselStadium and imagining the Youth Olympic flamebeing lit," adds Bayer. "I am sure this will be a veryintense, emotional experience." ?QWhy did you decide to volunteerat the Winter Youth Olympic Games? AI want to feel the Olympic spiritonce again. I was part of the OlympicWinter Games in 1976 in Innsbruck,when I was working as a recording clerk at theathletes' registration desk and it was a very emotionalexperience. Furthermore, it will be a perfect opportunityto leave Milan for a bit. I grew up in Austria but havebeen living in Italy for quite some time. The YOG are agreat chance for me to spend some time in my homecountry, to meet old friends and make new ones. VOLUNTEERSAGE 58, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SILVIA PENNISILeft Concert-goers gather tocelebrate the YOGin February 2011Right Ski legendsFritz Strobl andFranz Klammerjoin Yoggl tounveil theCountdown ClockBelow rightYOGvolunteer SilviaPennisi was alsoinvolved in theWinter Games in 1976QWhat are you mostlooking forward to about the Games? AI am looking forwardto interacting withyoung people at the OpeningCeremony. I am 58 years old and I likehaving youngpeople around me.